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The Lee-Fendall House Museum is open for tours.

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

SEPTEMBER 18 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Smithsonian Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. The Lee-Fendall House Museum will be joining thousands of other museums and cultural institutions across the country to provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

Tours of the Lee-Fendall House will be self-guided throughout the day starting at 10:00 AM with the last entry at 4:00 PM. Entry will be controlled to minimize crowding and allow for social distancing. Face masks are required inside the museum. Register for your ticket now at
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/lee-fendall-house-museum-garden.

SEPTEMBER 25 – Cocktail Chronicles, 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM, and 8:00 PM: From its earliest days, Alexandria has been involved in the production and trade of spirits – and this town has always loved a cocktail. Join us on Saturday, September 25th to learn more about this history and sample it for yourself! Guests will enjoy mixology demonstrations for three historic cocktails – and will be able to sample each one – along with trivia and exhibits related to local liquor history.

This event will be presented in a fully outdoor setting with limited numbers. Timed entrances will take place at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Attendees should show up at the start of the time slot they reserved and plan to stay for one hour. We respectfully request that attendees wear masks when in close contact with staff or volunteers, with ample space provided to socially distance when enjoying cocktails and snacks.

OCTOBER 1 – Homeschool Day – Archives, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 1! Our theme this fall, in honor of American Archives Month, will focus on archives and how we learn about history through documents.

Tours of the house will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last tour starting at 2:00 PM, with a limited number of people per session. Advance registration for a specific tour time is required. Face masks are required inside the museum. Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. If you have any questions, please contact Manager of Education Amanda Roper at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

OCTOBER 16 – 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 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.

OCTOBER 22, 23, 29, and 30 – Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 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 mementos, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours groups will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are required.

OCTOBER 30 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM: Enjoy some seasonal family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic! Put on your Halloween costumes and join us for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, and a costume parade. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM.

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!

Color your own Lee-Fendall House masterpiece!
Or check out our other at home educational activities here.
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.

EXHIBITS

Love and Death: Victorian Hair Keepsakes

October 1-31, 2021

View keepsakes made from human hair that served as tokens of friendship, love, and remembrance in the Victorian era. From intricate wreaths of hair woven together from members of a single family to intimate tokens created to remember a deceased loved one, learn about how this custom developed and the skills required to fashion these pieces. This exhibit will feature objects from the Lee-Fendall House collection and a local private collection.

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.

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! More details can be found on our Membership Page.

PRIVATE RENTALS

Courtesy of Jessica Smith Photography

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is available to rent for special events such as weddings, receptions, and dinner parties. Our historic site is also a wonderful setting for bridal showers, garden parties, and birthday celebrations for guests of all ages. Proceeds from our rental program support our museum programs and help preserve our beautiful house and garden.

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.