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.



Grief & Ghost Tours: Friday & Saturday, October 25-26 and November 1-2 at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 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 October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of advance tickets is strongly recommended.

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt: Saturday, October 26 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM

The Lee-Fendall House will observe its 6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt on Saturday, October 26! Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins and other seasonal items for local children to discover! Costumes are encouraged. There will also be crafts, games, a costume parade, and other activities.

Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Children (age 1-18) are $15 and Adults (age 19+) are $5. Friends of the Lee-Fendall House must call to receive discounted admission rates (703)548-1789.

Cluverius v. The Commonwealth: Virginia’s Murder Trial of the Century: Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

Join author D.N. Wilson as he discusses his new book and the shocking crime that inspired it. Drawing on true historical events, Wilson brings to life the men and women who found themselves at the center of this murder trial that gripped Virginia in the late nineteenth century.

Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited. Book signing and refreshments to follow.


“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.