The Museum will be closed through June 10, 2020

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.

While you are staying home, take a look at our website & social media as we bring the museum experience to you. We will be posting new content and videos while we are closed to the public. Wishing everyone ongoing Good Health.

Conditions are subject to change and we will keep you updated. Questions or concerns? Contact the staff at 703.548.1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org


Join us virtually for our first trivia night of the summer on Friday, June 5 at 7:00 PM. Our theme will be PRIDE Month!

Please register by June 4 to receive the link to play and more detailed instructions. Also, please consider making a donation when you register. Half of your donation will support Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum. The other half will be donated to Alive! – a nonprofit organization that provides food and other essential services to those in need in our Alexandria community.

We request that teams limit themselves to no more than 6 players. 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!

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for a daily dose of #MuseumFromHome, with posts 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!

Join us every Monday afternoon for virtual history-themed story times with your kids!

Stories from the Past – Playlist

Color your own Lee-Fendall House masterpiece!

The house might be closed but the garden is open (please practice safe social distancing during your visit). Enjoy the beautiful plants and entertaining wildlife and play a round of garden bingo!

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!


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 from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.

The New Woman: Life In Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920

March-November 2020

The Progressive Era, from 1890 to 1920, was a time of great change for women, both politically and socially. This exhibit explores the lives of three Alexandria women who were connected to the Lee-Fendall House during this period, Myra Lee Civalier, Maude Downham, and Mai Greenwell Downham. The exhibit draws on original photographs, objects, and archival materials to explore changes in education, work, politics, fashion, and athletics.


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!

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!


Virginia Living
magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House once again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2020. Virginia Living’s editors review thousands of vendors in over 30 categories, and select only those who are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service. 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.