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The museum will be closed January 22 – February 6 for annual cleaning.

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

FEBRUARY 8 The Cabinet with Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, 5:30 PM: Join us for an evening with presidential historian Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky. Starting at 5:30 PM there will be a talk about the history behind the creation of The Cabinet of the United States followed by a 6:30 PM reception celebrating the paperback release of Dr. Chervinsky’s book The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.

Due to limited seating, advance registration is required to attend the talk and is $5 per person. The talk is free for Lee-Fendall House Museum members but they must register by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling (703)548-1789. Face masks are required inside the museum. The reception starting at 6:30 PM is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

FEBRUARY 12 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Workers at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Learn about the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked in the home, both before and after the Civil War. Hear the stories of their experiences and their contributions to the site and its history.

Face masks are required inside the museum. The tour is limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

FEBRUARY 26 – Stories in the Architecture, 2:00 PM: Explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture and visit parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. See how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through the twentieth century.

Face masks are required inside the museum. The tour is limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

The Lee-Fendall House Museum is hosting a series of lectures in March which will explore different aspects of the Civil War and its impact on Alexandria, Virginia. These talks start at 6:00 PM at the museum every Friday. Registration is $5, space is limited. Face masks are required.

MARCH 4 – “Civil War Nurses of Alexandria”
MARCH 11 – “Julia Wilbur and Harriet Jacobs: Aid Workers and Allies in Civil War Alexandria”
MARCH 18 – “The American Civil War’s Impact on Modern Medicine”
MARCH 25 – “The Fight for Freedom at L’Ouverture Hospital”

MARCH 12 & 26 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers the military occupation, the conversion of public and private buildings into hospitals, and emancipation.

The tour is limited to 10 participants and lasts approximately an hour and a half. Walking tours take place rain or shine so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $15 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MARCH 19 – “This Tide of Wounded:” Lee-Fendall as Civil War Hospital, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Visit the Lee-Fendall House for a day of living history demonstrations and discover the experiences of staff and patients at Lee-Fendall when it was a Union hospital during the Civil War. Entry is on the half hour from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and advance registration is required. Face masks must be worn indoors. Admission is $10 for adults (age 18+) and $5 for students (age 5-17). 

EXHIBITS

Hosting the President: Presidential Connections to Lee-Fendall House

February 8-28, 2022

During the month of February, discover Lee-Fendall’s many connections to presidential history – from dinner parties attended by George Washington to tense standoffs between Harry Truman and our home’s final resident John L. Lewis.

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 with his family from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.

CONNECT WITH LEE-FENDALL FROM HOME

While you are staying safer at home, explore our website and follow us on social media as we continue to bring the museum experience to you.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos that bring Lee-Fendall’s history and programming right into your living room.

Explore the lives of some of the historic residents of the Lee-Fendall House – politicians and merchants, enslaved and free African Americans, housewives and actresses, liquor dealers and labor leaders – on our virtual Vamonde experience!

Enjoy a virtual, behind the scenes tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House! Discover how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use in the twentieth century.
Take a tour of the Lee-Fendall garden with Roger and learn about the importance of plants and trees in Civil War medicine.
Listen as we share some of the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House.