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Robert E. Lee Even had Breakfast Here!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Braehead Manor, Fredericksburg, VA, to its list of inspected and approved B&Bs. Originally built in 1859, this historic manor house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and developed into a B&B by current innkeepers, Warren and Karen Bane, in 2011. This only describes a small fraction of the manor’s unique and longstanding history as it became a popular spot during the Civil War and stands within the limits of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park. Robert E. Lee even had breakfast there!

Braehead Manor

Braehead Manor’s life as a B&B only adds to its already remarkable past, allowing guests to experience Fredericksburg’s history while adding to the manor’s cultural heritage in the present by creating experiences of their own.

Now, this B&B serves residents and travelers alike, interested in history and a high quality stay experience—which is why Braehead’s innkeepers sought a membership with BBAV. It’s important to have the property inspected, Karen Bane says, “In order to maintain high standards and safety for guests.” Furthermore, the membership itself is valuable because it allows their B&B “to be promoted on BBAV’s website.”

Although Warren and Karen Bane opened Braehead Manor in order to provide a historical landmark for residents and tourists of the area. These initial goals have grown into their current goals of “expanding the B&B into a wedding venue and creating more activities and events to allow citizens to become familiar with the historic property.”

Stratford Hall

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Stratford Hall sits high above the Potomac River, as it has for more than 250 years. The brick Georgian mansion is as impressive today as it was when Thomas Lee first had it built in the 1730s. Guests of Chesapeake Bay Virginia Bed and Breakfasts even today catch their breath when they approach the beautiful building, resplendently situated on a 1,900-acre plantation.

the main house

Virginia's Historic Stratford Hall.

In the mid 1700s, Stratford Hall was “a towne in itself”; the proximity of the Potomac River ensured that what wasn’t on site could easily be obtained. Crops were grown, ships built, liquor distilled, and clothes made. It’s success was dependent on the labor of slaves and indentured servants.

Many guests of Virginia Bed and Breakfasts travel to Stratford Hall because it was the birthplace of two signers of the Declaration of Independence: Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee. Indeed, the Lees were a remarkable family for generations, involved in Virginia’s government, the rights of women, and the military. General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army was born at Stratford to Light Horse Harry Lee and Ann Hill Carter.

Stratford hall is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visitors may tour the house and gardens, and explore a myriad of nature trails. Trails lead through woods, along ponds and atop remarkable scenic cliffs. It is wise to stimulate the appetite, for the Stratford hall Dining Room serves an excellent lunch Tuesday – Sunday.

Stratford Hall is 30 minutes from Tappahannoc VA Bed and Breakfasts. It is a stunning place to visit, for both historical and architectural reasons.