The Lee-Fendall House Museum is
closed through 4/24/2020

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.


While you are staying home, check out our social media pages as we bring the museum experience to you. We will be posting new content and videos while we are closed.  Wishing everyone ongoing Good Health. Conditions are subject to change and we will keep you updated. Questions or concerns? Contact the staff at 703.548.1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org


POSTPONED The Women of Lee-Fendall House, Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 PM

Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have 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. Members should email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) or call (703-548-1789) to reserve their spot.

POSTPONED Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House, Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 PM

Explore the Lee-Fendall House through the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who lived and worked in the home as domestic servants, both before and after the Civil War. This tour presents a fuller story of the many people who shaped this house over the course of its history.

Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Members should email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) or call (703-548-1789) to reserve their spot. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. 

CANCELLED Easter Egg Hunt, Friday-Sunday, April 10-12

Lee-Fendall’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. 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.

The Hunt schedule is Friday, April 10 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, & 2:30 PM; and Sunday, April 12 at 12:30 & 2:30 PM. All children age 12 and under are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy our other activities.

Tickets purchased through Eventbrite are being refunded. Watch for future family-friendly, fun events!


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.

The New Woman: Life In Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920

March-November 2020

The Progressive Era, from 1890 to 1920, was a time of great change for women, both politically and socially. This exhibit explores the lives of three Alexandria women who were connected to the Lee-Fendall House during this period, Myra Lee Civalier, Maude Downham, and Mai Greenwell Downham. The exhibit draws on original photographs, objects, and archival materials to explore changes in education, work, politics, fashion, and athletics.


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!


Virginia Living
magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House once again as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2020. Virginia Living’s editors review thousands of vendors in over 30 categories, and select only those who are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service. 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.