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).
ALEXANDRIA AND LEE-FENDALL HOUSE OFFER “MERCY STREET” INSPIRED PROGRAMS
As part of city-wide experiences throughout Alexandria, the Lee-Fendall House offers monthly programs inspired by the PBS drama, “Mercy Street.” These programs are also available by request for groups and bus tours (10 person minimum, two weeks advance notice required). Lee-Fendall House will offer two returning programs (From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond the Battlefield) and one new tour (This Tide of Wounded: The Lee-Fendall House as Civil War Hospital). A special lecture on furniture maker James Green, a major character portrayed in “Mercy Street,” will also be featured.
For program details, please see individual listings below.
For a complete list of “Mercy Street” inspired offerings in Alexandria, please visit our partners at Visit Alexandria!
“THIS TIDE OF WOUNDED” – THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE AS CIVIL WAR HOSPITAL: Saturday, May 13, 10:00 AM
This special tour of the museum and grounds highlights the Lee-Fendall House’s role as a hospital during the Civil War. Highlights include themes addressed in the PBS series “Mercy Street,” including nursing, soldiers, civilians, medical practices, and free people of color. . Tickets are $8.00 in advance through Eventbrite, or $10.00 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
“BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD” – CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR OF ALEXANDRIA: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on March 25. 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 Eventbrite, 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.
“the lees of alexandria during the war of 1812”
An 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.
Lee-Fendall House Listed as a 2017 TOP WEDDING VENDOR
Virginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2017. 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 weddings issue on newsstands now!
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!