Join us on August 19 for a virtual tour and lecture about Stratford Hall's Historic Gristmill with traditional miller, Steve Bashore and 18th-century baker, Justin Cherry! They will be discussing 18th-century grains in Virginia and their multiple uses

Moderated by Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Justin Cherry and Steve Bashore will give a behind-the-scenes tour of our reconstructed 18th-century mill, and discuss milling, brewing, and distilling in colonial Virginia. 

About the Presenters:

Justin Cherry

Chef/owner of Half Crown Bakehouse (est. 2017), which brings historically accurate made bread and other baked goods of the 18th century to light using traditional methods and grains from the time period.  Justin is from Charleston, SC where Half Crown Bakehouse is based. He has been doing living history since the age of 4.  Justin has been in the food industry for 15 years including 8 years at the renowned Husk Restaurant and a butcher apprenticeship with Dario Cecchini in Italy. He continued his independent research as a 2018-19 fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the study of George Washington where he viewed primary source documents on the foodways of Mount Vernon.  He hopes to continue his research and other projects in the future at many other Historic sites to bring the public's awareness and education of food in the past.

Steve T. Bashore

Steven T. Bashore is the Director of Historic Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon. In this position he oversees the interpretation, operations and maintenance of Washington's Distillery and Gristmill as well as the Pioneer Farm and Blacksmith Shop. Steve is a traditional miller and distiller by trade and has been operating, interpreting and repairing historic watermills for 27 years. Since 2007, he has been distilling at George Washington's reconstructed distillery producing rye whiskey, bourbon, single malt whisky, rum as well as peach and apple brandy. He has been a spirits judge for the American Craft Spirits Association, and for World of Whiskies. Steve has traveled extensively in the United States, England and Europe researching windmills, watermills, and distilleries and lectures regularly on these subjects.


Registration is required. We invite you to pay as you wish to support lectures like this and future programs at Stratford Hall. 

Free for Friends of Stratford.

After registering for the webinar, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. We program will take place via Zoom, which is available for free download here:

A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall is home to the Lees of Virginia and is located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres comes to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here.