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).



Lee-Fendall House Listed as a 2015 TOP WEDDING VENDOR

2015-TOP WEDDINGS-eCertifiateVirginia Living magazine has identified the Lee-Fendall House as one of Virginia’s top wedding vendors for 2015.  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 issue on newsstands now!






Spring2ACTion, April 22 – What If We All Gave on One Day?

Spring_2_ACTionsmJoin Lee-Fendall House on April 22 as we participate in ACT for Alexandria’s Spring2ACTion fundraiser.

Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online event that provides a simple way to give to charitable causes you care about most. This virtual fundraising effort, hosted by ACT with the help of generous sponsors, will offer local nonprofits the chance to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of all Alexandria.

Last year, 7,616 donors raised $1,031,282 for 121 nonprofits serving Alexandria. This year, our goal is to raise even more and engage 10,000 donors to give. To meet this goal, we need your help!

The Lee-Fendall House relies on the generous contributions of individual donors for funds to continue daily operations, develop special programs that are both fun and educational, and fulfill our mission to relate the importance of our history to visitors from around the world.

A portion of each donation you make to Lee-Fendall House will go towards helping other local charities.  By helping us, you help everyone!





easter 1Once 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!


All children of elementary school age or younger (children aged 0-12) are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all our other activities. Click here for tickets and more information.

The museum will not offer tours April 3-5 due to the Easter Egg Hunt.

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 Old Town Alexandria Historic Garden Week Tour, April 18


Lee Fendall MagnoliaThe Garden Club of Virginia’s tour of historic gardens in Old Town takes place on April 18.  Please visit the garden Club of Virginia’s website for more information and tickets.

“If You Lived in Slavery…” Tour, April 25

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden will highlight African-American history at the site through a special program entitled “If You Lived During Slavery…” on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 PM.  Participants will experience the house from the slave dockworkers croppedperspective of its enslaved inhabitants, exploring the unique differences between slavery in cities and on plantations. The tour will include the servant’s wing and kitchen area with its service bells, which are not regularly open to the public.  Admission to the program is $7 in advance, and $10 the day of the program.  Tickets may be purchased in the Online Shop.








patten_130327_3961.dngAttics and Alleys is a three-hour walking tour featuring the rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House—revealing the remnants of stories otherwise hidden.  This behind-the-scenes access is in honor of National Preservation Month, and tickets are limited and reservations are required. Tours will be offered every Saturday in May beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending around noon.  Tickets are $35 per person.  Tour includes stairs, access to confined spaces, and walking over many city blocks, including through alleys.  Walking shoes required.  Tour hosted rain or shine. Tickets available from the Department of Historic Alexandria.





Lee-Fendall HouseThe Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, May 16. The tour will begin at 2:00 PM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street. Discover locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including Robert E. Lee’s departure from his hometown, the occupation of Alexandria, and emancipation. The tour will last 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 17 or under in advance; $12 for adults/ $7 children the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.  Tickets available at our Online Shop.






“the lees of alexandria during the war of 1812″

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.burning washington


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.

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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!



*The Tour does not provide access inside the buildings featured.
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