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 2015 TOP WEDDING VENDOR

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







Saturday, January 24, 4:00 PM – Annual Lee Birthday Celebration

Robert_Edward_Lee (1)Join us for our annual observance of the birthdays of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and Robert E. Lee.  Ranger Matthew Penrod of Arlington House National Historic Site will speak on the continuing restoration efforts at Arlington House, home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s family for thirty years.  $5 in advance/ $7 at the door; tickets available at our Online Shop.

FREE for Members!



EVERY SATURDAY IN FEBRUARY!!! – Downton Abbey Tours Return!!!  11:00 AM Weekly

DowntonAbbey_TitleCard_600x338A new year means another season of Downton Abbey! Once again, the Lee-Fendall House will offer special “Downton Abbey” themed tours of the museum every Saturday in February. 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 tours will compare similarities between people and places within the world of the television series and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  The tour will include the servant’s wing and kitchen area with its service bells, which are not regularly open to the public.  $10 in advance/ $12 at the door; tickets available at our Online Shop.

(Advance tickets are highly recommended; these programs sell out!)

FREE for Members!



VALENTINE’S DAY “SWEETHEART TEA” – Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 pm

valentine teaEnjoy Valentine’s Day themed treats and parlor games with your special sweetheart! Space is strictly limited to 24 attendees; advance reservations are required. $40/ person; tickets available at our Online Shop.





“If You Lived in Slavery…” – SATURDAY, February 21, 2:00 PM

urban slaveryPlease join us for a special tour of the Lee-Fendall House highlighting its African-American history. Experience the Lee-Fendall House from the perspective of its enslaved inhabitants, exploring the unique differences between slavery in cities and on plantations.  $7 in advance/ $10 at the door; tickets available at our Online Shop.

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


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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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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