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The Lee-Fendall House Museum is open for tours.

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

AUGUST 6, 13, & 20 – Stories from the Past, 10:30 AM: Join us for a history-themed story and craft in our garden every Friday morning throughout the summer! This storytime is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 3-6, however children of all ages are welcome! Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines. The program will take place outdoors and all craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child.

$6 per participating child, parents/chaperones are free of charge. Advance registration is required. If you have questions, please contact our Manager of Education at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org.

AUGUST 6 & 20 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: 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!

AUGUST 14 – Family History Day: Ice Cream, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Join us for this family-friendly history day and discover the history of ice cream! Try making ice cream the old-fashioned way and enjoy a taste of historic ice cream flavors. Ice cream making demonstrations and tours of the house will run between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 14.

Tickets are $3 for students (ages 5-17) and $7 for adults, children under 5 are free. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged as we will be limiting the number of visitors on the property at one time. Face masks must be worn inside the museum.

AUGUST 14 – 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 recommended. The tour is limited to 10 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.

SEPTEMBER 5 – Blood and Strikes: American Labor in the 20th Century, 2:00 PM: From deadly mine explosions to wartime strikes, the history of the 20th century American labor movement is full of violence and controversy. This Labor Day weekend, learn about the struggle for workers’ rights at the home of one of its most powerful spokesmen, John L. Lewis.

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

SEPTEMBER 11 – 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 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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – 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.

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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Smithsonian Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. The Lee-Fendall House Museum will be joining thousands of other museums and cultural institutions across the country to provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Register for your ticket starting on August 18, 2021 at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/lee-fendall-house-museum-garden/

SEPTEMBER 25 – Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, 7:00-10:00 PM: This annual fundraising party celebrates Lee-Fendall House’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to one of Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers (and possible bootleggers!). Highlights include dancing to live jazz music, a costume contest, 1920s-style cocktails, and more.

This year, the event will raise funds for the repair of our 220-year-old brick garden wall as well as support the museum’s ongoing work in historic preservation, education, and community engagement. A private VIP pre-reception will precede the main event. Tickets are limited and usually sell out in advance so early registration is encouraged!

CONNECT WITH LEE-FENDALL FROM HOME

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.

EXHIBITS

John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man

Ongoing

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.

MEMBERSHIP

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.

PRIVATE RENTALS

Courtesy of Jessica Smith Photography

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is available to rent for special events such as weddings, receptions, and dinner parties. Our historic site is also a wonderful setting for bridal showers, garden parties, and birthday celebrations for guests of all ages. Proceeds from our rental program support our museum programs and help preserve our beautiful house and garden.

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.