Join historical interpreters Cheyney McKnight and Dontavius Williams as they discuss Christmas traditions of early African America. This program will highlight some of the foods the enslaved African American cooks would create for the big house, as well as the traditions of those residing in the quarters. McKnight and Williams will be joined by Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, who will discuss the history of Caeser, the enslaved chef at Stratford, and one of the earliest chocolate makers in the colony. 

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

Funded by Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant, Mars Wrigley.

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.