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Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Landing: Gateway to the World

 
 
The Landing: Gateway to the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
1. The Landing: Gateway to the World Marker
Inscription. The narrow strip of beach between the cliffs was Stratford’s main gateway to the outside world. By 1743, Thomas Lee had built a wharf at “Lee’s Landing.” Over the next two decades the Lees owned or held interest in several large vessels which sailed from this landing on the Potomac to England with cargoes of tobacco.

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. Touch 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.
The Landing: Gateway to the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
2. The Landing: Gateway to the World Marker
The site is open to the public, for a fee. Marker is in this post office area: Stratford VA 22558, United States of America.
 
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). Touch for a list and map 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 EraWaterways & Vessels
 
The Landing at Stratford Mill image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
3. The Landing at Stratford Mill
The view from the beach, looking toward Stratford Cliffs
Stratford Hall image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
4. Stratford Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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