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).
19th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: March 30 – April 1
The Lee-Fendall House 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on March 30-April 1. Once again, the museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Easter eggs! Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Every participating child will receive an Easter Egg.
The Hunt schedule is Friday, March 30 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM,; and Sunday, April 1 at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger (children and infants aged 0-10) are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy our other activities. Tickets are available for sale through Eventbrite. Advance tickets are $12 for children age 1-10, $5 for adults and children over the age of 10, and free for infants.
CHOCOLATE THROUGH TIME: Saturday, April 14, 2:00 PM
Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. An interactive presentation led by food historian Joyce White will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process over time. The presentation will be followed by a chance to taste an assortment of chocolate recipes. Ticket are $15 in advance through Eventbrite, and $20 at the door. Seating is extremely limited, so the purchase of advance tickets is highly recommended.
- Joyce White is insured through the Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). All prepared food served in A Taste of History programs is cooked and prepared in a home kitchen, not a commercial kitchen. Foods are prepared where potential allergens, such wheat, gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and many other food products, are processed. Commercial foods may also be included. Please contact the Lee-Fendall House with concerns over food allergens before purchasing tickets.
Spring2ACTion Happy Hour at The Light Horse: Thursday, April 19 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Drop in and show your support for the Lee-Fendall House Museum while enjoying drinks at The Light Horse, 715 King St., Alexandria, VA. Meet other people who care about preserving local history and learn about the important preservation project we are fundraising for as part of Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, on April 25.
ATTICS & ALLEYS: Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 9:00 AM
The curious are invited to visit rarely seen spaces at four of Alexandria’s historic sites on this special three-hour walking tour of the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House Historic Park. Tour highlights include hidden architectural fragments, historic graffiti, and the alleys that connect the oldest part of the city. Tour begins promptly at 9:00 AM at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco Street; tour ends at Carlyle House by Market Square parking garage around 11:30 AM. The tour includes walking many city blocks, climbing narrow stairs, and accessing confined spaces. Walking shoes required. Bottled water suggested.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at shop.alexandriava.gov.
MOTHER’S DAY TOURS: Sunday, May 13 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mothers and grandmothers receive free admission to the Lee-Fendall House Museum in honor of Mother’s Day. Take a guided tour of the home and afterwards enjoy light refreshments in our beautiful garden. Celebrate the women in your life with a visit to the Lee-Fendall House Museum!
ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, May 19, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at our Royal Wedding Garden Party! Watch the wedding coverage and enjoy traditional British food & drinks, lawn games, contests, and plenty of photo opportunities in the beautiful Lee-Fendall House garden. Don’t forget to wear your best hat!
Space is limited so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets are $15 for young adults (ages 15-21) and $20 for adults (ages 21+, includes one drink ticket).
“John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man”
This exhibit explores the life and legacy of John L. Lewis, one of America’s most powerful and innovative 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. Exhibit is free with museum admission.
Lee-Fendall House Listed as a 2018 TOP WEDDING VENDOR
Virginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House once again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2018. 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 weddings issue on newsstands now! For more information about reserving our property for your wedding or event or to schedule a rental tour with one of our staff members, click here.
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!