The Lee-Fendall House Museum is open for tours by appointment. Call (703)548-1789.

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.


MAY 15, 22, & 29 – Pillars to Pavers: Preservation in Alexandria, 10:00 AM: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and adapted for future generations to enjoy. At two stops, Carlyle House and Lee-Fendall House, you will be able to enter spaces that are usually closed to the public.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Face masks and social distancing will be enforced and tours are limited to 8 people. Please dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, please call (703)548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 15 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Explore the Lee-Fendall House from the perspectives of the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked in the home as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. Hear the stories of the many people who built and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the course of its history.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 8 participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 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.

JUNE 11 & 25 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum combine their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful Lee-Fendall gardens. With a different theme each night, test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. Attendees should wear face masks when not seated at their tables. Tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing.

There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

JUNE 12 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 10 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.

JUNE 12 – Old Town Scavenger Hunt, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM: Enjoy a summer afternoon exploring the western part of Old Town with a scavenger hunt created by Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum. Pick up your scavenger hunts at the Lee-Fendall House starting at 11am (last scavenger hunt will be handed out at 3pm) and take your time exploring Old Town history. The hunt will end at the newly opened Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats at the Old Ice House. Finished scavenger hunts will receive a buy one get one free coupon for Goodies.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required. Will take place rain or shine. $12 per family of 4 (includes 2 hunts; $2 per extra scavenger hunt); $8 per team of 2; $4 per individual.


While you are staying safer at home, explore our website and follow us on social media as we continue to bring the museum experience to you.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos that bring Lee-Fendall’s history and programming right into your living room.

Explore the lives of some of the historic residents of the Lee-Fendall House – politicians and merchants, enslaved and free African Americans, housewives and actresses, liquor dealers and labor leaders – on our virtual Vamonde experience!

Color your own Lee-Fendall House masterpiece!
Or check out our other at home educational activities here.
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.


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.


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: Young Professional ($35), Individual ($50), Family ($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 programs and events, subscription to our quarterly newsletter, and more! More details can be found on our Membership Page.


For more information about reserving our property for your wedding or event click here or schedule a rental tour with one of our staff members by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling 703-548-1789.