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.


JUNE 24, JULY 8 & 22, AUGUST 5 & 19 – Trivia Night, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum host 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 $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. 

Each trivia night will have a different theme. Click here for details. There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

JULY 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – Storytime at the Museum, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Join us for a story, a craft, and a special tour of the museum designed for young learners every Friday morning throughout the summer!

Storytime is aimed at introducing young learners ages 3-6 to concepts of history, art and science, however children of all ages are welcome! The program will take place both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and all craft materials are provided.

Tickets are $10 per participating child (Parents/chaperones are free of charge). Advance registration is required.

JULY 9 – “The Quanders” book talk with Rohulamin Quander, 6:00 PM: Join us for an evening with Rohulamin Quander, founder of the Quander Historical and Educational Society, as he discusses his book The Quanders – Since 1684: An Enduring African America Family Legacy, which introduces stories of the Quander family, one of the oldest consistently documented African American families in the United States. 

Tickets are $8 per person and advance registration is required due to limited seating. It is free for Lee-Fendall House Museum members but pre-registration is required by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling (703)548-1789. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

JULY 16 – Civil War History in the Garden Tour, 10:00 AM: Sit in the shade of the Lee-Fendall garden and learn how the American Civil War impacted soldiers and civilians in Alexandria.

Discover different medical advancements and specifically the use of plants to treat sick and wounded soldiers when Lee-Fendall House served as a Union hospital.

Tickets are $10 per person. The tour is 1 hour long with a limit of 15 people. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

JULY 16 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Workers at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Learn about the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked in the home, both before and after the Civil War. Hear the stories of their experiences and their contributions to the site and its history.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.


Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom

June 3 – November 13, 2022

Learn about legendary African-American leaders, stories of self-liberation, and family legacies including the descendants of free and enslaved African-Americans who worked at the Lee-Fendall House. Part 1: “Freedom” will launch this 3-part exhibit which over the next two years will delve into stories of rebellion and resilience by enslaved people in America.

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 with his family from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with museum admission.

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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.
Listen as we share some of the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House.