The Lee-Fendall House Museum interprets two hundred years of American history through the changing lives and fortunes of the people who lived and worked in the house from 1785 to 1969. Through tours, special programs, and exhibits we discover our shared history as a community and as a nation. Join us.
“BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD” – A Civil War Walking Tour: Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 AM
The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, March 24. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street. Participants will see 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. Tour space 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!
GRIEF AND GHOSTS: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 26-28
Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences at the Lee-Fendall House. Customs such as draping the mirrors after a death, funeral practices, hair jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark.
Tours will be offered Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10. Space is limited so it is strongly encouraged that you purchase tickets in advance through Eventbrite.
HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN HUNT: Saturday, October 27
The Lee-Fendall House will host its 4th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt on October 27! Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins for local children to discover! Costumes encouraged!
Other activities include:
- Crafts to take home
- Sticker station
- Temporary tattoos
- Spooky stories
- Costume parade with prizes
- EVERY participating child will receive a toy pumpkin!
Also, ONE pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside!
All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all of our other activities.
To make your family’s reservation for this year’s Halloween Pumpkin Hunt, follow this link to purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Payment in advance is required for all reservations.
THANKSGIVING FROM 1621 TO THE PRESENT – Saturday, November 10, 2:00 PM
A special presentation on traditional Thanksgiving foodways on Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 PM with food historian Joyce White. This lecture and tasting program explores the political, social, economic, and cultural traditions that have made Thanksgiving the truly American holiday that it is. Attendees will learn how Thanksgiving has transformed itself over time from the celebration of Harvest Home as practiced by the Plimoth Plantation settlers in 1621, and discover how the holiday has been influenced by prominent figures such as George Washington, women’s magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. They’ll learn that not only have the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving changed over time, but so has the food! The PowerPoint presentation will be followed by samples of Thanksgiving food from four centuries. Tickets are $15 per person for this 90 minute program and are available for sale through Eventbrite.
Please Note: Joyce White is certified in food handling by ServSafe (via the National Restaurant Association) and is insured through the Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). All prepared food served in A Taste of History programs is cooked and prepared by Joyce in accordance with food handling safety standards but cooked in a home kitchen, not a commercial kitchen. Foods are prepared where potential allergens, such wheat, gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and many other food products, are processed.
“THE GENERAL’S TOUR” – Robert E. Lee in Alexandria: Saturday, November 10 at 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. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available through Eventbrite in advance for $10, or for $15 at the door. Tour space 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.
UNDER THE SAME ROOF: ENSLAVED AND FREE SERVANTS AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE: Saturday, November 24 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. This tour will include parts of the house that are normally closed to the public. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE.
OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS – Saturday, December 8, 4:00-9:00 PM
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. In addition to Lee-Fendall House, tour Gadsby’s Tavern, Carlyle House and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment, and light refreshments. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and active military, and $5 for children 12 and under and are available through the Office of Historic Alexandria.
“Beaded Glamour: Accessorizing in the 1920s”
September 22 – November 21
Women’s fashion transformed dramatically in the 1920s. Across America, women desired to emulate the beautiful movie stars of the growing entertainment industry. Perhaps nothing has come to epitomize the era more than the glamourous beaded styles of eveningwear and accessories. This special, temporary exhibit displays a small sampling of beaded jewelry and handbags from the museum’s collection.
“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. Exhibit is free with museum admission.
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 (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!
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