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).
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7 – “LABOR at LEE-FENDALL” Tours
The Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden will offer “Labor at Lee-Fendall House”on September 6-7, 2014. This special guided tour will highlight the labor history of the house in honor of Labor Day. The tour will be offered all weekend. Normal admission rates apply.
Lee-Fendall’s house history encompasses a wide breadth of labor history, from enslaved workers to unionized laborers. The tour will include sections of the house that relate specifically to the laborers and enslaved workers who lived in the house. Visitors will experience the house from the viewpoint of the domestic staff instead of seeing the house as a guest of the family living there. Special emphasis will be placed on the life of John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers, and one of the most powerful and controversial labor leaders in American history. Lewis lived in the house from 1937 until 1969. Sections of the house that will be shown on the Labor at Lee-Fendall House tour include the slave quarters, and the downstairs and upstairs portions of the servants’ wing.
Saturday, September 27 – SMITHSONIAN “MUSEUM DAY LIVE!”
Lee-Fendall House will again participate in the Smithsonian’s Museum day Live! program this year. Free admission will be offered to guests with admissions tickets printed from the event website. Physical ticket required for free admission. Information and tickets may be found at the Smithsonian’s website at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?no-ist
A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812, “Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812” examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family.
The Lee-Fendall House will offer its First Annual “Halloween Pumpkin Hunt” on October 24-25. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin! For more information on this exciting new event Click Here!
“DOWNTON ABBEY TEAS” Now at Lee-Fendall!!!
The Lee-Fendall House is now offering special “Downton Abbey” themed teas. 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, Philip Fendall. The program includes a traditional tea and a special private tour of the house comparing the people and places of Downton Abbey with those of the Lee-Fendall House. (These tours SOLD OUT when offered in February!) The tour includes the servants’ wing, kitchen area with its service bells, and other areas not regularly open to the public. The Lee-Fendall House does Downton Abbey tea programs for small groups (25 people or less, minimum group size 5) on request. The Downton Abbey tea is a great event for those looking to socialize with tea and light snacks in a historic environment while learning more about this popular television program. The tour and tea program lasts from 2-3 hours, but can be adjusted to fit scheduling needs. The fee is $50 per person
TELEWORX JOINS LEE-FENDALL AS CORPORATE SPONSOR
The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is the recipient of a $3,000 donation from the TeleworX Corporation of Reston, Virginia. TeleworX is the museum’s first corporate sponsor under a new donor campaign launched this year.
We are pleased to have TeleworX as a partner in our mission to inform tourists and local residents about the importance of our local history. Funding is always a challenge for small non-profits like ours, making partners like TeleworX a valuable resource.
TeleworX provides engineering consulting services and innovative software to the global telecommunications community, helping clients design, analyze, and evaluate their networks, both wireless and wired. This expertise had led the company to play major roles in the deployment of some of the first wireless networks in the United States and Europe. To this day, the TeleworX team remains at the forefront of technology innovation and supports major operators throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Learn more about TeleworX by Clicking Here.
Blue Star Museums, Through Labor Day, September 1, 2014
Lee-Fendall House is a Blue Star Museum! Active military and their immediate family receive free admission to our museum now through September. *Active military ID required to gain admission and free tour.*
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!