Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Landing: Gateway to the World
In 1759 Philip Ludwell Lee constructed a public wharf and tobacco inspection station and warehouse at the landing, making it one of the most important commercial centers along the Potomac. At the landing, local planters brought their tobacco to be graded and packed in hogsheads for shipment, received ordered goods, bought supplies, had corn and wheat ground at the mill, and exchanged the latest news with incoming crews. The busy landing complex was destroyed by a violent hurricane in 1769 and, with the exception of the mill, was never rebuilt.
Location. 38° 9.776′ N, 76° 49.914′ W. Marker is in Stratford, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Gate House Road one mile north of Stratford Hall Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. The historic site is on Stratford Hall Road (VA Highway 214), on the left when traveling east.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stratford Landing: Significant Events (here, next to this marker); The Stratford Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stratford Cliffs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clifts Plantation Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oval Site (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Stratford.
Also see . . . Stratford Hall Historic Site. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..)
Additional keywords. Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee, Stratford Hall Plantation
Categories. • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels •
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