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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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! For more information about reserving our property for your wedding or event or to schedule a rental tour with one of our staff members, click here.
Grief and Ghosts: Friday, October 27 at 7, 7:30 and 8 PM
These evening tours examine funeral and mourning practices in the Victorian era. Traditional mourning clothes and hair jewelry will be displayed and guides will share stories of tragic deaths and mysterious encounters that have happened in the house.
Tours will be offered on Friday, October 27 at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 PM. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Halloween Pumpkin Hunt: Saturday, October 28
The Lee-Fendall House 4th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 28. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin.
The Hunt schedule is Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all other activities. Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite. Advance tickets are $15 for participating children, and $5 for adults.
“THIS TIDE OF WOUNDED” – The Lee-Fendall House as Civil War Hospital: Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am
This special tour of the museum and grounds emphasizes 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 in advance through Eventbrite or $10 the day of the program. Free to veterans and families, and to members. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.
THE STORY OF PIE: Saturday, November 18, 2:00 pm
Pie is an American tradition and the history of pie is rich in flavor! Pies of all kinds have been around for thousands of years and adapted to every culture. Debbie Waugh of Green Springs Garden shows the story of pie from medieval times to today. Pie and coffee reception to follow. Admission $15 in advance, free for members. Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite.
“John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man”
This new exhibition explores the life and legacy of John L. Lewis, one of America’s most powerful and innovative labor leaders and the long-serving president of the United Mine Workers of America. Lewis lived in the Lee-Fendall House from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Exhibition 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: 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!