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The Lee-Fendall House Museum is open for tours by appointment. Call (703)548-1789.

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL 17 – Historic Garden Week – Old Town Alexandria: Tour private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites in Alexandria this spring as part of Historic Garden Week!

Tickets are available online and additional information can be found at https://www.vagardenweek.org. The Lee-Fendall garden will be featured on the Old Town Alexandria tour. Guidebooks are available for pick-up at the Lee-Fendall House.

APRIL 23 – Homeschool Day: Gardens, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM: Our spring Homeschool Day will focus on the history of gardens as a source of food, medicine, and recreation. Learn how herbs were used to do everything from treat diseases to flavor food. Educational activities will take place outdoors with optional house tours.

Sessions run every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last one at 3:00 PM. Due to ongoing health concerns, we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the house and on the grounds at one time so you must register in advance. Face masks and social distancing are required. Accompanying adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free.

APRIL 24 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers 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 $15 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.

MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 – Pillars to Pavers: Preservation in Alexandria, 10:00 AM: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and adapted for future generations to enjoy. At two stops, Carlyle House and Lee-Fendall House, you will be able to enter spaces that are usually closed to the public.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Face masks and social distancing will be enforced and tours are limited to 8 people. Please dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, please call (703)548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 1 – Blood and Strikes: American Labor in the 20th Century, 2:00 PM: From deadly mine explosions to wartime strikes, the history of the 20th century American labor movement is full of violence and controversy. On International Workers’ Day, learn about the struggle for workers’ rights at the home of one of its most powerful spokesmen, John L. Lewis.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 8 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.

MAY 7 – Historic Garden Tour at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Discover the history of the Lee-Fendall garden from its eighteenth century beginnings to the present. Learn how the use and appearance of the garden has changed over time and see recent efforts to restore the garden and create an educational space and urban wildlife habitat. This tour is led by garden volunteer and retired biologist, Roger Monthey.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $10 per person. Space is limited to 10 people and face masks are required. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 15 – 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 8 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.

CONNECT WITH LEE-FENDALL FROM HOME

While you are staying safer at home, explore our website and follow us on social media as we continue to bring the museum experience to you.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos 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!
Or check out our other at home educational activities 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.
Listen as we share some of the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House.

EXHIBITS

John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man

Ongoing

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.

MEMBERSHIP

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! More details can be found on our Membership Page.

WEDDING RENTALS


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.