SATURDAY, October 29



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 2016 TOP WEDDING VENDOR

2015-TOP WEDDINGS-eCertifiateVirginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2016.  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!








pumpkins 3The Lee-Fendall House will observe its 3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt on October 29!  Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins for local children to discover! Costumes encouraged!

EVERY participating child will receive a pumpkin!

Other activities include crafts to take home, sticker station, temporary tattoos, refreshments, spooky stories, and costume parade with prize.  Also, ONE pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside!

All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Pumpkin Hunt.  Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all our other activities.

Program session times will be 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM.  Advance tickets are $12 for children aged 1-10 and $5 for all others.  Infants


To make your family’s reservation for this year’s Halloween Pumpkin Hunt, follow the links to the event page to purchase tickets online.  Payment in advance is required for all reservations.



bank of old dominionThe Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, October 15. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $20.00 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.






Outdoor Photography Class Featuring Walking Tour of Lee Sites – Saturday, October 15, 3:30 PM

Photo courtesy of Fetching Photos

Photo courtesy of Fetching Photos

Join photography expert Karinia Cusick for a look at Lee family sites in Old Town while learning how to master your digital camera for outdoor pictures. Given how sophisticated today’s digital cameras have become, there’s usually very little need to shoot in full manual mode. Most pros don’t! You don’t need it to get the gorgeous creative effects that most people want in their photos, like blurred water, fuzzy backgrounds, or streaming lights. Too confused by terms like f-stop, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and depth of field, 90% of SLR/CSC owners just use their cameras as an expensive point and shoot. There is a better way! Join this tour to find out how. This route will focus on the Lee family: Robert E. Lee, and his father and uncles, who were all famous in their own right and all of whom lived in Old Town. We’ll see their homes and key locations where major events occurred in their lives. This tour is for SLR/CSCs only, with a maximum of 6 people The tour will start with a tour of the Lee-Fendall House.  To register, visit Fetching Photos online.




THE GENERAL’S TOUR – Saturday, October 22

Robert_E_Lee_in_1863The Lee-Fendall House will offer “The General’s Tour,” a guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town on Saturday, October 22. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM 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 at the door. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.





GHOSTS & GRIEF TOUR – Saturday, October 29

imageCelebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of supernatural encounters at the Lee-Fendall House.  Learn more about the rituals and customs behind our modern day funeral practices.  Customs such as draping the mirrors, how long a widow would mourn for her husband or children, social expectations and dress will be explored.  Tickets are available in advance for $7 through the museum’s Online Store, or for $10 at the door.  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


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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