Date published: 1/10/2009
Special chances to better get to
As the Southern icon's birthday--
The ancestral home of the Lees, where the general was born in 1807, invites the public to enjoy a free program on Saturday, Jan. 17. And Jan. 22-24, the Westmoreland County historic site will host its first symposium on the Confederate commander.
Several activities will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
Veteran re-enactor Al Stone will present a first-person portrayal of the general at 1 p.m., depicting Lee's painful decision to resign from the U.S. Army after Virginia seceded. At 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., ever-popular "Lee for Children" tours will be held.
Evergreen Shade, a duo accomplished in musical Americana, will provide entertainment. Refreshments will be served in the visitor center. The Stratford Hall Dining Room will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There's no charge to attend the special program. Regular fees for guided tours
A few days later, during the three-day symposium based at Stratford, top Lee scholars will paint a fuller picture of the military leader revered by many. They'll focus on Lee as a general, reveal new dimensions about him and detail the importance of the Fredericksburg and Overland campaigns in which Lee played pivotal roles.
The scholars are Dr. Peter Carmichael, Eberly Professor of Civil War Studies
Symposium participants will tour the Fredericksburg, Wilderness and Spotsylvania battlefields, which saw some
Talks and group discussions will take place at Stratford, Belmont and on the battlefields. For details, visit stratford hall.org, call 804/493-8038 or e-mail