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.
SEPTEMBER 14 – JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER SIPS & SECRETS!
DOWNTON ABBEY COMES TO LEE-FENDALL THIS FALL!
Trivia Nights at Historic Sites: Friday, May 17 & 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 at 7:00 PM
Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their random knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful Lee-Fendall gardens throughout the summer. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history!
Tickets are $7 per person, which includes 1 drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Teams may have up to 6 members on them. Registration slots are first come, first served, so register early to save your spot! Ages 21+ only. In case of inclement weather, trivia will be moved to the Friday after the scheduled date. .
Tip: Stay tuned to our social media pages for clues the week before each trivia night!
Stories from the Past: Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, & 27; July 11, 18, & 25; August 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 11:00 AM
Bring your kids to the museum this summer! This fun, educational program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5.
The program is offered every Thursday at 11:00 AM and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Each week is a different book and theme. Check out our book list for this year. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.
The Women of Lee-Fendall House: Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 PM
Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have lived in and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the centuries. Beginning in 1791 with Mary Lee Fendall, the tour will culminate in the story of the women who fought to save the house from development in the 1970s.
Tickets are $10. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free but please email or call us to make a reservation at email@example.com or (703)548-1789. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended!
Hands-On History Day: Sports: Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sports have been enjoyed throughout history. Join us on August 24 for a Hands-On History Day that explores sports and recreation! Try your hand at lawn games in our garden and discover how popular sports like cycling and baseball have changed over time.
Tickets are $3 for Adults (18+), $5 for Students (3-17), Children under 3 are free. Advance tickets are encouraged but not required.
Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House: Saturday, August 31, at 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 shaped the Lee-Fendall House over its long history.
Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free (members should call 703-548-1789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their spot). Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended!
Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night: Saturday, September 14, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
On Saturday, September 14th, 2019, we invite you to join us for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night. The event celebrates the house’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers, and all proceeds will support our mission to provide a place for the Alexandria community to explore our shared history and discover its relevance to today.
DOWNTON ABBEY COMES TO LEE-FENDALL HOUSE THIS FALL!
Explore the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House through special programs the museum this fall! The current owner of Highclere Castle – the real world castle where the popular television program “Downton Abbey” is filmed – is a direct descendant of the original owner of the Lee-Fendall House. Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!
DOWNTON ABBEY: THE MOVIE RELEASE PARTY, September 28, 1:00 PM: Celebrate the release of Downton Abbey: The Movie at an ancestral home of the current Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle! Uncover the real-world connections between Downton Abbey and the Lee-Fendall House and find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family. Enjoy refreshments, test your knowledge of Downton Abbey in our trivia contest, learn the ins and outs of antique tableware, explore the house through a scavenger hunt, and discover plenty of photo opportunities throughout the house and grounds. Space is limited so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and are $25 for adults and $15 for fans under the age of 15. Member tickets are $15; members please contact the museum at (703) 548-1789 to make your reservations.
DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL TOURS, Sundays in September and October, 2:00 PM: Can’t make the release party? Deep dive into the surprising similarities between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House through special “Downton Abbey” themed tours of the museum this fall! Tours are offered Sundays at 2:00 PM September and October. Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite. FREE for members!
SUMMER WALKING TOURS
Take a short hike into Alexandria’s past on one of our summer walking tours! Tours are offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. Tour space for these programs is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. FREE for members. See our full tour schedule on our Calendar of Events page!
JUNE 22, AUGUST 10 & SEPTEMBER 21 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or for $15 at the door.
JULY 13 & AUGUST 24 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. The tour will last approximately 2.0 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles. Tickets are $15.00 in advance through Eventbrite, or $20.00 the day of the program.
JULY 27 & SEPTEMBER 14 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town will address the complicated legacy of the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite for $10, or for $15 at the door.
“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.
Junior League of Washington 2018/2019 Volunteers
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) provides service volunteers annually to assist the Lee-Fendall House and other local museums with operations and special events. The Lee-Fendall House welcomes its 2018/2019 volunteers: Laura Lieberman, Gabrielle Kaufman, and Maryam Hatcher. Thank you, JLW, for continuing this great partnership!
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!
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