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The museum will be closed for regular tours on Saturday, May 14 due to a private rental.

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

MAY 14, 21, & 28 – 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. Explore the streets of Alexandria during Preservation Month with stops inside several historic buildings to highlight how they have been preserved and adapted for future generations to enjoy.

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. Tours are limited to 10 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.

This is a joint program between Carlyle House Historic Site and the Lee-Fendall House Museum and the Athenaeum.

MAY 15 – Stories in the Architecture, 2:00 PM: Explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture and visit parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. See how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through the twentieth century.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org. Face masks are recommended inside the museum.

MAY 21 – Sips & Secrets, 7:00-10:00 PM: The 20s are back in a big way! Please join the friends, board, and staff of the Lee-Fendall House Museum in our historic garden on Saturday, May 21st for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night.

Sips & Secrets honors Lee-Fendall House’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to one of Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers (and possible bootleggers!). It features lots of fun speakeasy surprises, including dancing to live jazz and ragtime, and costume contest for the best flapper or mobster style, 1920s-style cocktails, and more. The event will raise funds to support the museum’s ongoing work in historic preservation, education, and community engagement.

MAY 27 – Historic Garden Tour, 10:00 AM: 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.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 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 28 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour, 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.

The tour is limited to 12 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.

JUNE 3 – Interpreting Enslavement at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 7:00 PM: Join Jeremy Ray, Mount Vernon’s Director of Interpretation, to discuss the importance of interpreting the full story at historic sites, Mount Vernon’s history of interpreting enslavement, and how staff are prepared to take on this interpretation today.

The talk is $8 per person and advance registration is required due to limited seating. It is free for Lee-Fendall House Museum members but pre-registeration is required by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling (703)548-1789.

EXHIBITS

Hosting the President: Presidential Connections to Lee-Fendall House

February 12 – May 15, 2022

Discover Lee-Fendall’s many connections to presidential history – from dinner parties attended by George Washington to tense political standoffs between Harry Truman and our home’s final resident John L. Lewis.

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.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos that bring Lee-Fendall’s history and programming straight to you!

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.