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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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

AUGUST 12 & 19 – Storytime at the Museum, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Join us for a story, a craft, and a special tour of the museum designed for young learners every Friday morning throughout the summer!

Storytime is aimed at introducing young learners ages 3-6 to concepts of history, art and science, however children of all ages are welcome! The program will take place both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and all craft materials are provided.

Tickets are $10 per participating child (Parents/chaperones are free of charge). Advance registration is required.

AUGUST 12 & 19 – Trivia Night, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum host bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. 

Each trivia night will have a different theme. Click here for details. There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

AUGUST 20 – 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.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

AUGUST 27 – “Stolen” with Dr. Richard Bell, 2:00 PM: As part of our June exhibit “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom”, join us for an evening with Dr. Richard Bell as he discusses his book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Book signing to follow. 

Tickets are $8, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. Members should email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) or call (703-548-1789) to reserve their spot. 

SEPTEMBER 3 – Civil War History in the Garden Tour, 10:00 AM: Sit in the shade of the Lee-Fendall garden and learn how the American Civil War impacted soldiers and civilians in Alexandria.

At the Lee-Fendall House, which served as a Union hospital, learn about medical advancements and specifically the use of plants to treat sick and wounded soldiers.

Tickets are $10 per person. The tour is 1 hour long with a limit of 15 people. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

SEPTEMBER 3 – Blood and Strikes: American Labor in the 20th Century, 2:00 PM: From deadly mine explosions to wartime strikes, the history of the 20th century American labor movement is full of violence and controversy. This May Day (International Workers’ Day), learn about the struggle for workers’ rights at the home of one of its most powerful spokesmen, John L. Lewis.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org. Face masks are recommended inside the museum.

SEPTEMBER 10 – Prohibition in Alexandria 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 local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

The tour is limited to 12 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.

SEPTEMBER 16 – Stratford Hall to Lee-Fendall House: African Americans Enslaved by the Lees, 6:00 PM: Join Dr. Kelley Deetz, Vice President of Collections and Public Engagement at Stratford Hall, as she shares the stories of some of the African and African Americans who were enslaved by the Lee family and highlights some connections between Stratford Hall and the Lee-Fendall House.

The lecture is limited to 25 participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $8 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call (703) 548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org to make a reservation.

SEPTEMBER 17 – Meet First Lady Louisa Adams (A Lee-Fendall House Fundraising Event), 6:00 PM: Join us for a living history event featuring theatre actress and character interpreter, Laura Rocklyn, as First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. President and Mrs. Adams had relationships with various members of the Lee family, including Edmund Jennings Lee who owned Lee-Fendall House from 1826 to 1843. 

Mrs. Adams will visit at 6:00 PM. Advance registration is required as seats are limited. Admission is $25 per person. Members receive a special 25% discount. Call (703) 548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org for discount code.

The proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards supporting our preservation initiatives.

SEPTEMBER 24 – Historic Presbyterian Cemetery Tours, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Join staff from the Presbyterian Cemetery and the Lee-Fendall House Museum for a tour of one of Alexandria’s most fascinating cemeteries. Hear stories of Alexandrians who shaped the city we live in today and whose lives were sometimes stranger than fiction. 

Tickets are $20 per person. The tour will run for 1 hour at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM and is limited to 25 participants.

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom

June 3 – November 13, 2022

Learn about legendary African-American leaders, stories of self-liberation, and family legacies including the descendants of free and enslaved African-Americans who worked at the Lee-Fendall House. Part 1: “Freedom” will launch this 3-part exhibit which over the next two years will delve into stories of rebellion and resilience by enslaved people in America. The exhibit is free with regular admission.

John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man

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.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos that bring Lee-Fendall’s history and programming straight to you!

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.