OCTOBER 24-25!!!

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).





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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 famburning washingtonily.


See – and taste – historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season! Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends chocolate and history through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting chocolate through time.  Three of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 as The Historic Division of Mars sponsors this historic chocolate event.

Historic chocolate is woven throughout the experience.  Carlyle House, illuminated by candlelight, highlights chocolate during the French and Indian War, including American Heritage Chocolate® samples produced by Mars Chocolate North America.  An 18th century coffee house comes to life at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, enhanced by the scent of fresh greens and chocolate.  See how chocolate goes from bean to beverage, “take” chocolate, and enjoy 18th-century music and dancing in the same room where George and Martha Washington danced. For the sights and tastes of a Victorian Christmas, the Lee-Fendall House will feature the latest 19th-century chocolate delicacy, fudge.

The tour is self-guided and the sites may be visited in any order. A free shuttle is provided running in a continuous loop between the sites. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children (ages 6-17).  For tickets and more information, visit the EVENT SITE here.

1ST ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN HUNT, October 24-25halloween-pumpkins1

The Lee-Fendall House will offer its First Annual “Halloween Pumpkin Hunt” on October 24-25. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin!  For more information on this exciting new event Click Here!


The Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Lee family homes in Historic Old Town on Saturday, November 8. The tour will begin at 2:00 PM at the ann-and-robert-leeLee-Fendall House.

Robert_Edward_Lee (1)Members of the Lee family lived in almost two dozen homes over the years, including a cluster of buildings at the intersection of Washington and Oronoco streets – an area known as “Lee Corner.” Although family members moved into and out of the city over the years, Alexandria remained their home town and lifelong friendships were forged with neighbors and business associates in the city.

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The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include stops outside the boyhood homes of Robert E. Lee, the Lee-Fendall House, the home of “founding father” Charles Lee, and more.* Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 17 or under. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. This tour SOLD OUT when it was offered in July! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Tour tickets may be purchased online through our Museum Shop.

“DOWNTON ABBEY TEAS” Now at Lee-Fendall!!!

Downton-Abbey1The Lee-Fendall House is now offering special “Downton Abbey” themed teas.  The current owner of Highclere Castle – the real world castle where the popular television program “Downton Abbey” is filmed – is a direct descendant of the original owner of the Lee-Fendall House, Philip Fendall.  The program includes a traditional tea and a special private tour of the house comparing the people and places of Downton Abbey with those of the Lee-Fendall House. (These tours SOLD OUT when offered in February!)  The tour includes the servants’ wing, kitchen area with its service bells, and other areas not regularly open to the public.  The Lee-Fendall House does Downton Abbey tea programs for small groups (25 people or less, minimum group size 5) on request. The Downton Abbey tea is a great event for those looking to socialize with tea and light snacks in a historic environment while learning more about this popular television program.  The tour and tea program lasts from 2-3 hours, but can be adjusted to fit scheduling needs.  The fee is $50 per person


The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is the recipient of a $3,000 donation from the TeleworX Corporation of Reston, Virginia.  TeleworX is the museum’s first corporate sponsor under a new donor campaign launched this year.

We are pleased to have TeleworX as a partner in our mission to inform tourists and local residents about the importance of our local history.  Funding is always a challenge for small non-profits like ours, making partners like TeleworX a valuable resource.

TeleworX provides engineering consulting services and innovative software to the global telecommunications community, helping clients design, analyze, and evaluate their networks, both wireless and wired. This expertise had led the company to play major roles in the deployment of some of the first wireless networks in the United States and Europe. To this day, the TeleworX team remains at the forefront of technology innovation and supports major operators throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America.  Learn more about TeleworX by Clicking Here.

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Blue Star Museums, Through Labor Day, September 1, 2014

Lee-Fendall House is a Blue Star Museum! Active military and their immediate family receive free admission to our museum now through September. *Active military ID required to gain admission and free tour.*


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!



*The Tour does not provide access inside the buildings featured.
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