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).






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 Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM


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, November 7. 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.








A TASTE OF THANKSGIVING – Saturday, November 14

thanksgiving1Two delicious programs on traditional Thanksgiving foods with food historian Joyce White!  Learn about what we eat and why, then learn how to make them in our kitchen!


Thanksgiving from 1621 to the Present, 1:00 PM

This program explores the political, social, economic, and cultural traditions that have made Thanksgiving the truly American holiday that it is. Attendees will learn how Thanksgiving has transformed itself over time from the celebration of Harvest Home as practiced by the Plimoth Plantation settlers in 1621, and discover how the holiday has been influenced by prominent figures such as George Washington, women’s magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  They’ll learn that not only have the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving changed over time, but so has the food!  The PowerPoint presentation will be followed by samples of Thanksgiving food from four centuries: a 17th c. Native American stew, 18th c. Thanksgiving cakes, 19th c. Cranberry Tarts, and 20th c. Pumpkin Tarts.  Tickets are $15 per person for this 90 minute program.  Members ONLY $5!


Cooking Up the Past, 3:30 PM

An interactive cooking experience with Thanksgiving recipes from the past!  White will demonstrate how to read a recipe from the 19th century (and even earlier!) while offering hands on experience recreating them.  Historical equipment will be used to churn and wash butter, grind spices, whip eggs, and flavor foods.  This program will last one hour and admission is $25 per person.  Member price $20.

A combination ticket for both programs is available for $35.  Space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets are available in advance through the museum’s Online Store.


Please Note: Joyce White is certified in food handling by ServSafe (via the National Restaurant Association) and is insured through the Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). All prepared food served in A Taste of History programs is cooked and prepared by Joyce in accordance with food handling safety standards but cooked in a home kitchen, not a commercial kitchen. Foods are prepared where potential allergens, such wheat, gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and many other food products, are processed.



Saturday, november 21, 1:00 PM

THE “GENERAL’S TOUR” – Walking Tour of Robert E. Lee Sites in Alexandria

Robert_E_Lee_in_1863The Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Lee family homes in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town. The tour 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 $15.00 at the door. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. FREE for Members!






Saturday, December 5, 11:00 AM: Downton Abbey Tour











Downton Abbey Tours are back!  Get a head start on the final season!  Learn the surprising connections between the Fendall family and characters on the TV show.  The tour will feature the service wing, which is not normally open to public view. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store.




CandlelightTour ImageBring centuries of Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! The Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends three centuries of history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting festive traditions through time.

Four of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Each location will feature period-appropriate holiday decorations as well as a food and drink item.  This year’s tour includes Carlyle House Historic Park (121 North Fairfax Street), Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), Lloyd House (220 North Washington Street) and Lee-Fendall House (614 Oronoco Street). Tour times are Saturday, December 12, 6—9 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 3—6 p.m.

The sites may be visited in any order and stationed guides are present at each location. A free shuttle is provided running in a continuous loop between the sites. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and active military members, and $5 for children (ages 6-17).  Tickets for this event can be purchased online through the Office of Historic Alexandria.




Saturday, December 19, 1:00 PM


The final season of Downton Abbey is almost here! da treeDiscuss what may happen to
your favorite characters while enjoying a  traditional tea, then follow a special private tour of the house comparing the people and places of Downton Abbey with those of the Lee-Fendall House. The tour features areas not regularly open to the public, including the service wing. Traditional English holiday gifts for all attendees! This program is perfect for entertaining out of town guests for the holidays! The tour and tea program lasts from 2-3 hours, and the fee is $50 per person. Space is strictly limited to 24 attendees; advance reservations are required. Tickets are available for $50 through the museum’s Online Store.









“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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