The Lee-Fendall House, located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is a showcase of American history. Since its construction in 1785, the house has served as home to thirty-seven members of the Lee family (1785-1903), hundreds of convalescing Union soldiers during the American Civil War (1863-1865), Alexandria’s locally prominent Downham family (1903-1937), and one of our nation’s most controversial and significant 20th century labor leaders, John L. Lewis (1937-1969).
Lee-Fendall House Listed as a 2017 TOP WEDDING VENDOR
Virginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2017. Virginia Living’s editors reviewed thousands of vendors in over 30 categories, and selected only those who are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service. See Virginia Living’s current weddings issue on newsstands now! For more information about reserving our property for your wedding or event or to schedule a rental tour with one of our staff members, click here.
“BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD” – CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR OF ALEXANDRIA: Saturday, June 24, 10:00 AM
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, June 24. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations featured in the recent PBS drama, “Mercy Street.” The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles. Tickets are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, or $20.00 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. FREE for Members!
PLEASE NOTE: The Lyceum parking lot WILL NOT be available to attendees of this program. Please find alternate parking.
Under the Same Roof – Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House: Saturday, July 8, 2:00 PM
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Under the Same Roof,” a guided house tour on Saturday, July 8. The tour will begin at 2:00 PM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street. This tour will explore the Lee-Fendall House from the perspective of the people who lived and worked in the house as domestic servants both before and after the Civil War. The tour will last approximately one hour and will feature areas of the house not normally open to public view. Tickets are $8 in advance through Eventbrite, or $10 the day of the tour. FREE for Members!
The General’s Tour – Robert E. Lee in Alexandria: Saturday, July 22, 10:00 AM
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “The General’s Tour,” a guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town on Saturday, July 22. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street, and will highlight locations and stories associated with the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through Eventbrite, or for $15 at the door. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.FREE for Members!
ALEXANDRIA AND LEE-FENDALL HOUSE OFFER “MERCY STREET” INSPIRED PROGRAMS
As part of city-wide experiences throughout Alexandria, the Lee-Fendall House offers programs inspired by the PBS drama, “Mercy Street.” These programs are also available by request for groups and bus tours (10 person minimum, two weeks advance notice required).
For a complete list of “Mercy Street” inspired offerings in Alexandria, please visit our partners at Visit Alexandria!
“the lees of alexandria during the war of 1812”
An exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812, “Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812” examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family.
BECOME A MEMBER and support Lee-Fendall House Museum!
Did you know we receive no public funding or tax revenue? It is only through YOUR generous donations that we can keep our doors open and put on events, education programs, and exhibits. Becoming a Member of Lee-Fendall House or renewing your membership is the perfect way to support our small museum! There are many levels of membership: Individual ($50), Family (good for up to 4 people, $75), Contributor ($100), Supporter ($225), and Patron ($500). Members enjoy free admission to the museum for a year (with membership card), discounts in our gift shop, special pricing on events, advance notice on events and programs, and more!
This year we are expanding and improving our membership program, so this is the perfect time to either renew or join for the first time!