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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.

Check out our Reopening Newsletter for details about coming for a visit and supporting the Museum during this time. Operations are subject to change and we will keep you updated. Questions or concerns? Contact the staff at 703.548.1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org

While you are staying safer at home, take a look at our website & social media as we continue to bring the museum experience to you.


UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 24 – Stories from the Past – The Tweedles Go Electric, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a different history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity.

$7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge. Registration must be done in advance.

September 26 – Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual) Speakeasy Night, 7:00 PM: Enjoy a night of speakeasy-style fun , without leaving your living room! Join us for this special night to support the Lee-Fendall House Museum’s vital work in historic preservation and education – one where you can keep on dancing, break out the booze, and have a ball.

Two ticket levels are on offer! Bootleggers receive a special gift bag with hard-to-find cocktail ingredients, a souvenir glass, and other fun treats – with pickup available at the museum or delivery within five miles. Foxtrotters receive live online access to the event, ideal for a fun evening while supporting the museum from a distance.

October 16 – Homeschool Day, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum and staff of the Alexandria Archaeology Museum welcome homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 16! In honor of Virginia Archaeology Month, we will explore what archaeology teaches us about the past. Activities will take place outdoors with optional tours of the house available.

Due to ongoing health concerns, we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the house and on the grounds at one time so please register for a specific time slot in advance. Face masks will be required and we will be practicing social distancing.

Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance registration is required.

OCTOBER 17 – 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.

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 $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.

OCTOBER 3 & 24 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 AM: This walking tour tells the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria, including 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 $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.

OCTOBER 24 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM: Enjoy some safe and seasonal fun with the family in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic! Put on your Halloween costumes and join us on Saturday, October 24 for crafts, a ghost hunt, a Trick or Treat walk, and more!

Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Only 10 participating children per session, plus accompanying family members, face masks are required.

OCTOBER 23 & 24, 30 & 31 – Grief and Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM: Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences at the Lee-Fendall House. Customs such as draping the mirrors after a death, funeral practices, hair jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 23 & 24 and October 30 & 31. Tickets are $10 per person. For the safety of our visitors and staff, tours will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are required.

NOVEMBER 7 – 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 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.

CONNECT WITH LEE-FENDALL FROM HOME

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!
Download 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!
Join the curator of our special exhibit “The New Woman” as she walks us through this exhibit which explores some of the social and political changes women experienced in the era leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
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 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. 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!

This summer we are offering a special where if you become a member, your membership will be good through the end of 2021! More details can be found on our Membership Page.

WEDDING RENTALS


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.