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.



The Women of Lee-Fendall House: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 PM

Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have lived in and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the centuries. Beginning in 1791 with Mary Lee Fendall, the tour will culminate in the story of the women who fought to save the house from development in the 1970s.

This tour will coincide with the last opportunity to view the exhibit The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920 before it closes. Tickets are $10 and members of the Lee-Fendall House are free (members should contact the museum to make their reservations: email contact@leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789).

Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop: Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 PM and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 PM

Learn how to create your own traditional holiday kissing ball in these hands-on workshops using fresh boxwood from the Lee-Fendall’s own garden! The cost to particpate is $20 per person. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop so register early!

One workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 PM, another workshop will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 PM.

A Victorian Christmas: Saturday & Sunday, December 14-15 at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM

Bring the whole family to experience the wonder of the season by joining us for a Victorian Christmas at the Lee-Fendall House! Enjoy traditional décor, seasonal crafts and story time, sweet treats, photos with Santa, holiday shopping, and more!

Join us on Saturday, December 14 or Sunday December 15 at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $12 for children (age 2-12), children under 2 are free.

Yuletide by Candlelight: Saturday, December 14 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Experience the holiday season with festive activities and fare at historic sites throughout Alexandria!

  • Discover Alexandria’s holiday traditions through the centuries
  • Dance in the ballroom at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
  • Warm yourself by the fire at Carlyle House
  • Make a Victorian keepsake at Lee-Fendall House

Enjoy seasonal decorations, refreshments, and take advantage of a 10% discount at the participating Museum Shops! A cash bar for adult beverages will be located at Gadby’s Tavern Museum.

Tickets include admission to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House Historic Park, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. A free shuttle will run between all participating sites throughout the event!


“The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920”

March 28 – November 24, 2019

The years 1890 to 1920 were a time of great change for women, both politically and socially. This exhibit will explore the lives of three Alexandria women who were connected to the Lee-Fendall House during this period. Drawing on original photographs and archival materials as well as period objects, the exhibit will explore changes in education, work, politics, fashion, and athletics. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.

“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.


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 2019. 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.