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Stratford Hall's dining room is currently undergoing redecoration. I'll post a new photo when it is done.

Stratford Hall's dining room is currently undergoing redecoration. I'll post a new photo when it is done.

In the mid-eighteenth century, musicians used to play at house parties from the viewing platforms at the base of Stratford Hall's extraordinary, monumental chimneys, modeled after triumphal arches.

In the mid-eighteenth century, musicians used to play at house parties from the viewing platforms at the base of Stratford Hall's extraordinary, monumental chimneys, modeled after triumphal arches.

So sophisticated is the architecture of Stratford Hall that famed critic John Summerson says you'd expect it to have been designed by a celebrated British royal architect, such as Vanbrugh or Hawksmoor, rather than by colonial Viriginian William Walker.

So sophisticated is the architecture of Stratford Hall that famed critic John Summerson says you'd expect it to have been designed by a celebrated British royal architect, such as Vanbrugh or Hawksmoor, rather than by colonial Viriginian William Walker.

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

The Great Hall at Stratford Hall often thronged with lavish, days-long house-parties, where the planter gentry, living on their vast, isolated estates, gathered to politic, gossip, and court. In the mid-eighteenth century, it was filled with music, too.

The Great Hall at Stratford Hall often thronged with lavish, days-long house-parties, where the planter gentry, living on their vast, isolated estates, gathered to politic, gossip, and court. In the mid-eighteenth century, it was filled with music, too.

As the Entrance Hall shows, Hamilton Grange, designed by New York City Hall architect John McComb, is architecturally very ambitious for such a small house. National Park Service Photographer Kevin Daley

As the Entrance Hall shows, Hamilton Grange, designed by New York City Hall architect John McComb, is architecturally very ambitious for such a small house. National Park Service Photographer Kevin Daley