November 8 – Walking Tour of Lee Family Homes

The Lee-Fendall House will offer a guided walking tour of Lee family homes in Historic Old Town on Saturday, November 8. The tour will begin at 2:00 PM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street. Members of the Lee family lived in almost two dozen homes over the years, including a cluster of buildings at the intersection of Washington and Oronoco streets – an area once known as “Lee Corner.” Although family members moved into and out of the city over the years, Alexandria remained their home town and lifelong friendships were forged with neighbors and business associates in the city.

The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include stops outside the boyhood homes of Robert E. Lee, the Lee-Fendall House, the home of “founding father” Charles Lee, and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children aged 17 or under. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Tour tickets may be purchased online through our Museum Shop.

NOVEMBER 19: PRIVATE TOUR from 2:00-3:00 PM

NOVEMBER 22: PRIVATE TOUR, last public tour at NOON

NOVEMBER 23: PRIVATE TOUR, public tour offered at 3:00 PM ONLY




DECEMBER 7: PRIVATE EVENT, Museum open from 2-4 PM, Last Tour starts @ 3:00 PM

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours, December 13-14

6:00-9:00 PM, Saturday, December 13

3:00-6:00 PM, Sunday, December 14

See – and taste – historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season! Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends chocolate and history through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting chocolate through time.  Three of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 as The Historic Division of Mars sponsors this historic chocolate event.

The tour is self-guided and the sites may be visited in any order. A free shuttle is provided running in a continuous loop between the sites. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children (ages 6-17).  For tickets and more information, visit the EVENT SITE here.

DECEMBER 14: Special Event – LAST TOUR at 2:00 PM

December 20 – Downton Abbey Tea, 1:00 PM

The Lee-Fendall House will offer special a “Downton Abbey” themed tea starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 20.  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.  The tour includes the servants’ wing, kitchen area with its service bells, and other areas not regularly open to the public.  The Downton Abbey tea is a great holiday event!  The tour and tea program lasts from 2-3 hours.  The fee is $50 per person.  Tickets are available through our Online Shop.  Space for this program is strictly limited to 24 people; advance reservations are highly recommended.

DECEMBER 20: SPECIAL EVENT – public tour at 3:00 PM ONLY