The Museum has reopened! Click here for more details.

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.


July 4 – Independence Day Open House, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Explore the history in your backyard with free, self-guided tours of the Lee-Fendall House! Face masks are required and we will be limiting the number of visitors allowed in the museum at one time to allow for social distancing.

JULY 10 & 24 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum combine their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $5 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 members, ages 21+ only.

Attendees should wear face masks when not seated at their tables. Tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing and there will be limited capacity so register early!

JULY 18 – 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.

JUNE 27; JULY 4, 12, 18, &25; AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 – Yoga Flow in the Garden, 9:00 AM: In collaboration with registered yoga teacher Kelli O’Dell, we will be offering a 60 Minute All Levels Yoga Flow Summer Series on Saturdays (and some Sundays) at 9:00 AM, in the shade filled gardens starting on June 27!

$25 per Class
$5 of Class Fee goes directly back to the maintenance of the Lee Fendall House Museum! https://www.paypal.me/domoreyoga

JULY 25 – 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.


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!

Color your own Lee-Fendall House masterpiece!

Keep the kids busy with our summer activity page! The solutions to all the activities can be found 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.


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 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.


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.