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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.

Check out our Reopening Newsletter for details about coming for a visit and supporting the Museum during this time. Operations are subject to change and we will keep you updated. Questions or concerns? Contact the staff at 703.548.1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org

While you are staying safer at home, take a look at our website & social media as we continue to bring the museum experience to you.


UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 7 – Museum Mondays – 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM: Take an educational field trip to the Lee-Fendall House Museum and discover how life in the past has changed over time. Each date will have a different theme as we explore local history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked at the Lee-Fendall House.

Tour sessions will be limited to one family or learning pod at a time and must be reserved in advance. Face masks are required. Recommended for ages 5-12. Student admission is $5 and accompanying adults are $3. Sessions will be offered at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM. Contact our Manager of Education, Amanda Roper, with questions at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org.

DECEMBER 5, 12, & 19Holiday Candlelight Tours, 5:00 – 8:00 PM: Celebrate the holiday season with evening candlelight tours of the Lee-Fendall House decked out in Victorian splendor. Our antique toy exhibit will also be on view. Tour are offered on the half hour. Space is limited with no more than 10 people at each session and advance reservations are required. Face masks and social distancing will be in place throughout the tour. Tickets are $8/adult and $3/children (ages 6-13).

DECEMBER 6 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM: Learn the history behind using greenery to decorate homes for the holidays, then craft your own boxwood kissing ball or wreath using fresh cuttings from the Lee-Fendall garden!

This workshop will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately. To keep our staff and attendees safe, we will be limiting the number of participants and face masks are required. Registration must be done in advance (12:00 PM, 2:00 PM). The cost is $20 per person and includes the materials to make either a kissing ball or a wreath.

DECEMBER 12 – A Victorian Christmas, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Experience the wonder of the season by visiting the Lee-Fendall House for a family-friendly Victorian Christmas! Enjoy traditional décor, music, seasonal crafts, a visit with Santa, and more!

Timed tickets on the hour are available through advance registration at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Space is limited. We will be following all recommended health requirements, including face masks and social distancing. Tickets are $8 for adults and $12 for children (age 2-12), children under 2 are free.

JANUARY 16 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Explore the Lee-Fendall House from the perspectives of the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked in the home as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. Hear the stories of the many people who built and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the course of its history.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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.

JANUARY 30 – Stories in the Architecture, 2:00 PM:
Venture behind the scenes, from the basement to the attic, and explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture. Changes in style and home technology have all left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use as a home in the twentieth century. This tour includes parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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.

CONNECT WITH LEE-FENDALL FROM HOME

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!
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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!
Join the curator of our special exhibit “The New Woman” as she walks us through this exhibit which explores some of the social and political changes women experienced in the era leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
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

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.

The New Woman: Life In Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920

March-November 2020

The Progressive Era, from 1890 to 1920, was a time of great change for women, both politically and socially. This exhibit explores the lives of three Alexandria women who were connected to the Lee-Fendall House during this period, Myra Lee Civalier, Maude Downham, and Mai Greenwell Downham. The exhibit draws on original photographs, objects, and archival materials to explore changes in education, work, politics, fashion, and athletics. 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.

WEDDING RENTALS


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.