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).
Lee-Fendall House Listed as a 2017 TOP WEDDING VENDOR
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.
HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Saturday, December 9, 4:00-9:00 PM
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, and Lee-Fendall House, enjoying seasonal decorations, entertainment, and light refreshments. This year Lloyd House joins the tour, hosting members of Beth El Hebrew Congregation, the oldest Jewish congregation in Northern Virginia, as they share the traditions of Hanukkah. Ongoing tours from 4:00 – 9:00pm. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and older) + active military, and $5 for children (ages 5-12). Tickets can be purchased at https://shop.alexandriava.gov/Events.aspx
“The Golden Age of Toys: 1870-1920”
December 2 – January 6
In the late-nineteenth century, advances in production techniques led to a golden age of commercial toy production. Dolls and dollhouses, rocking horses, toy instruments, trains, board games, and sleds could all be found under the tree on Christmas morning and they were more colorful and beautiful than ever before. This temporary exhibit explores some of these toys and games and the legacy that this golden age of toy production left behind. Exhibit is free with museum admission.
“John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man”
This exhibit 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. 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: 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!