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 2016 TOP WEDDING VENDOR

2015-TOP WEDDINGS-eCertifiateVirginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2016.  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 issue on newsstands now!








Downton Abbey Tours Return This Winter











Downton Abbey Tours are back!  To celebrate the final season of “Downton Abbey,” the Lee-Fendall House will offer a special “Downton Abbey” themed tour of the museum on Saturdays in January and February.  Learn the surprising connections between people and places within the world of the television series and those of the Lee-Fendall House.

Tour dates are January 9, January 16, January 30, February 13, and February 27.

Tours will start at 11:00 am.  Tickets are available for sale through the museum’s website at www.leefendallhouse.org.   Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store.  Tickets purchased the day of the program will be $12.  FREE for Members!

Don’t miss the final days of Downton Abbey at Lee-Fendall!






bank of old dominionThe Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town. Tour dates are Saturday, February 6 and February 13; the tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. (CHANGE: The Feb. 13 tour will start at 2 PM.) 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 to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, 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.









 FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM – Saturday, February 20, 1:00 PM

negro-life-at-the-south-1870-artist-eastman-johnsonThe Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden will highlight African-American history at the site through a special program entitled “From Slavery to Freedom” on Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 PM. This special tour interprets the Lee-Fendall House from the perspective of its enslaved inhabitants, exploring the unique experiences of slavery in the city. Hear the true stories of “contrabands,” as seen in the PBS drama “Mercy Street.” The tour will include special access to areas which are not regularly open to the public. Admission to the program is $8 in advance, and $10 the day of the program.  Tickets are available for sale through the museum’s Online Store.   FREE for Members!




“the lees of alexandria during the war of 1812”

A new 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.burning washington


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!





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