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 2016 TOP WEDDING VENDOR

2015-TOP WEDDINGS-eCertifiateVirginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2016.  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 issue on newsstands now!







“RAISE A GLASS, RAISE THE CHIMNEY” – Saturday, May 21, 7-10 PM

virginia reelIn 1916, Alexandria’s prohibition law became effective before statewide Prohibition in 1920. According to local legend, Robert Downham, then-owner of the Lee-Fendall House and local liquor wholesaler, lost his license after news spread around Alexandria of his entertaining President Woodrow Wilson with lavish amounts of alcohol at a dinner party.

One hundred years later, we are celebrating the occasion with a Prohibition party in our garden. Enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbly, win something in our silent auction, and celebrate the Lee-Fendall’s history!

The proceeds from this event will be going to restore the Lee-Fendall’s chimney, which is in severe danger of collapsing and damaging other parts of the property. Over its two and a quarter centuries of history, diverse dignitaries such George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and President of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis have all enjoyed hospitality under this roof; it is imperative to protect this local treasure. We are hoping that by raising our glasses, we will be able to raise the chimney and preserve the Lee-Fendall House!

Tickets are $50 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $75 for a VIP reception ticket (reception starts at 6 pm).

Creative cocktail attire (period clothing encouraged!)





bank of old dominionThe Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $20.00 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. FREE for Members!

PLEASE NOTE: The Lyceum parking lot WILL NOT be available to attendees of this program. Please find alternate parking.








“the lees of alexandria during the war of 1812”

A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812, “Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812” examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family.burning washington


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!





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