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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LEE-FENDALL HOUSE is a BLUE STAR MUSEUM!
Lee-Fendall House is participating in the Blue Star Museums program again for 2015! This summer, active-duty military personnel and their families have free admission to the house from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information on the Blue Star Museums Program CLICK HERE.
DINNER & DEBATE SERIES @ John Strongbow’s Tavern – Sept. 10
Dine and discuss the incident in the early days of the Civil War that led to the untimely deaths of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth (friend and former employee of Abraham Lincoln) and Alexandria hotel proprietor James Jackson. Was Ellsworth’s removal of the Confederate flag from Jackson’s hotel justified (it could be seen with a spyglass from the White House)? Was Jackson protecting his family and guests from an unwarranted invasion of his property? What options for the two men could have prevented bloodshed?
A vote at the end of the discussion will be taken to decide the following question: “SHOULD COLONEL ELLSWORTH HAVE APPRISED MR. JACKSON OF HIS INTENTION TO REMOVE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG PRIOR TO DOING SO?”
15% of the cost of food ordered by the patrons on the winning side of the vote will be donated to the Lee-Fendall House, so brush up on your Civil War history and do your best to convince other attendees to vote your way! For reservations, call
703-329-3075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Strongbow’s Tavern
710 King Street, Alexandria
Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm
THE “GENERAL’S TOUR” – Walking Tour of Robert E. Lee Sites in Alexandria, Saturday, August 29
The Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Lee family homes in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town on Saturday, August 29. The tour will begin at 1:00 PM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street, and will highlight locations and stories associated with the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store, or for $15.00 at the door. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. FREE for Members!
LABOR AT LEE-FENDALL – Tours September 5-6
Join us for “Labor at Lee-Fendall House”on Labor Day weekend, September 5-6, for a special tour highlighting the labor history of the house. The Lee-Fendall House was home and workplace to numerous free and enslaved laborers, as well as the home of John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, and one of the most powerful and controversial labor leaders in American history. Sections of the house that will be shown on the Labor at Lee-Fendall House tour include the slave quarters, and the downstairs and upstairs portions of the servants’ wing. Tours offered Saturday, September 5 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, September 6 at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $7.00, and are available through the museum’s Online Store. FREE for Members!
CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR OF ALEXANDRIA – Saturday, September 12
The Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, September 12. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Discover locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including Robert E. Lee’s departure from his hometown, the occupation of Alexandria, and emancipation. The tour will last approximately 2 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles. Tickets are $12 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $15.00 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.
“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.
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!