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The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden interprets American history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. Through tours, special programs, and exhibits we discover our shared history as a community and as a nation. Join us.


UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 24 – Historic Presbyterian Cemetery Tours, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Join staff from the Presbyterian Cemetery and the Lee-Fendall House Museum for a tour of one of Alexandria’s most fascinating cemeteries. Hear stories of Alexandrians who shaped the city we live in today and whose lives were sometimes stranger than fiction. 

Tickets are $20 per person. The tour will run for 1 hour at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM and is limited to 25 participants.

OCTOBER 7 – Homeschool Day: Archaeology, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for our fall Homeschool Day. In honor of Virginia Archaeology Month, we will explore what archaeology teaches us about the past. Learn about the excavations that were done at the Lee-Fendall House and what they revealed.

Tours of the house will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are $3 for adults (18+), students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance registration is required.

OCTOBER 8 – Prohibition in Alexandria Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on this walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria. Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long tradition of local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

The tour is limited to 12 participants and lasts approximately an hour and a half. Walking tours take place rain or shine so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $15 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

OCTOBER 21, 22, 28, & 29 – Grief and Ghost Tours, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Explore Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences at the Lee-Fendall House. Customs such as draping the mirrors after a death, funeral practices, hair jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered every half an hour starting 7:00 with the last tour at 9:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 per person. Tours will be limited to 12 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are recommended.

OCTOBER 22 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers the military occupation, the conversion of public and private buildings into hospitals, and emancipation.

The tour is limited to 12 participants and lasts approximately an hour and a half. Walking tours take place rain or shine so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $15 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org

OCTOBER 22 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Enjoy some fall themed family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic event! Join us for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, a costume parade, and more!

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM and are limited to 20 children each.

Tickets are $15 per participating child ages 2-12. Accompanying adults are $5 each and infants under 2 are free.

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom

June 3 – November 13, 2022

Learn about legendary African-American leaders, stories of self-liberation, and family legacies including the descendants of free and enslaved African-Americans who worked at the Lee-Fendall House. Part 1: “Freedom” will launch this 3-part exhibit which over the next two years will delve into stories of rebellion and resilience by enslaved people in America. The exhibit is free with regular admission.

John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man

This exhibit examines the life and legacy of John L. Lewis, one of America’s most powerful, innovative, and controversial labor leaders and the long-serving president of the United Mine Workers of America. Lewis lived in the Lee-Fendall House with his family from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.

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Enjoy a virtual, behind the scenes tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House! Discover how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use in the twentieth century.
Take a tour of the Lee-Fendall garden with Roger and learn about the importance of plants and trees in Civil War medicine.
Listen as we share some of the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House.