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The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden interprets American history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. Through tours, special programs, and exhibits we discover our shared history as a community and as a nation. Join us.

DOWNTON ABBEY COMES TO LEE-FENDALL THIS FALL!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The Lee-Fendall House Museum is offering free admission and self-guided tours on September 21 when you register as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Register for your free tickets now! Please note that the museum will be closing for a private event at 3 PM that day. 

Homeschool Day at the Lee-Fendall House: Friday, October 4 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for another Homeschool Day on Friday, October 4th! We will be offering hands-on, educational activities that explore how life in America has changed over time. Our theme this fall will focus on the history of gardens as a source of food, medicine, and recreation. Special, interactive tours of the house and garden will be offered throughout the day.

Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance registration is encouraged but not required.

OCTOBER 5 – PROHIBITION IN ALEANDRIA WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM

Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on this walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria. Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long tradition of alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers prior to Prohibition.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free but must call 703-548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org to reserve a ticket. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Grief & Ghost Tours: Friday & Saturday, October 25-26 and November 1-2 at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM

Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences at the Lee-Fendall House. Customs such as draping the mirrors after a death, funeral practices, hair jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark.

Tours will be offered October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt: Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM

The Lee-Fendall House will observe its 6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt on Saturday, October 26! Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins and other seasonal items for local children to discover! Costumes are encouraged. There will also be crafts, games, a costume parade, and other activities.

Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Children (age 1-18) are $15 and Adults (age 19+) are $5. Friends of the Lee-Fendall House must call to receive discounted admission rates (703)548-1789.

DOWNTON ABBEY COMES TO LEE-FENDALL HOUSE THIS FALL!

Explore the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House through special programs the museum this fall! The current owner of Highclere Castle – the real world castle where the popular television program “Downton Abbey” is filmed – is a direct descendant of the original owner of the Lee-Fendall House. Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE MOVIE CELEBRATION, September 28, 1:00 PM: Celebrate Downton Abbey: The Movie at an ancestral home of the current Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle! Uncover the real-world connections between Downton Abbey and the Lee-Fendall House and find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family. Enjoy refreshments, test your knowledge of Downton Abbey in our trivia contest, learn the ins and outs of antique tableware, explore the house through a scavenger hunt, and discover plenty of photo opportunities throughout the house and grounds.  Space is limited so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and are $25 for adults and $15 for fans under the age of 15. Member tickets are $15; members please contact the museum at (703) 548-1789 to make your reservations. Please Note: Downton Abbey: The Movie will not be screened at this event.

DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL TOURS, Sundays in September and October, 2:00 PM: Can’t make the party? Deep dive into the surprising similarities between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House through special “Downton Abbey” themed tours of the museum this fall! Tours are offered Sundays at 2:00 PM September and October. Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

HISTORY WALKING TOURS

Take a short hike into Alexandria’s past on one of our history walking tours! Tours are offered on Saturdays at 10:00 AM. Tour space for these programs is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. FREE for members. See our full tour schedule on our Calendar of Events page!

AUGUST 24 & OCTOBER 12 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. The tour will last approximately 2.0 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles. Tickets are $15.00 in advance through Eventbrite, or $20.00 the day of the program.

SEPTEMBER 7 & OCTOBER 5 – PROHIBITION IN ALEANDRIA WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on this walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria. Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long tradition of alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers prior to Prohibition.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free but must call (703-548-1789) or email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) to reserve a ticket. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

SEPTEMBER 14 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town will address the complicated legacy of the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite for $10, or for $15 at the door.

SEPTEMBER 21 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or for $15 at the door.

EXHIBITS

“The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920”

March 28 – November 24, 2019

The years 1890 to 1920 were a time of great change for women, both politically and socially. This exhibit will explore the lives of three Alexandria women who were connected to the Lee-Fendall House during this period. Drawing on original photographs and archival materials as well as period objects, the exhibit will explore changes in education, work, politics, fashion, and athletics. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.


“John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man”

Ongoing

This exhibit examines the life and legacy of John L. Lewis, one of America’s most powerful, innovative, and controversial labor leaders and the long-serving president of the United Mine Workers of America. Lewis lived in the Lee-Fendall House from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.


 

 

NEWS

Junior League of Washington 2018/2019 Volunteers

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) provides service volunteers annually to assist the Lee-Fendall House and other local museums with operations and special events.  The Lee-Fendall House welcomes its 2018/2019 volunteers: Laura Lieberman, Gabrielle Kaufman, and Maryam Hatcher.  Thank you, JLW, for continuing this great partnership!
 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

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: Young Professional ($35), Individual ($50), Family ($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 programs and events, subscription to our quarterly newsletter, 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!

 

WEDDING RENTALS


Virginia Living
magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House once again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2019. Virginia Living’s editors review thousands of vendors in over 30 categories, and select only those who are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service. For more information about reserving our property for your wedding or event click here or schedule a rental tour with one of our staff members by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling 703-548-1789.