Calendar of Events

2016 Calendar of Events

APRIL

APRIL 2: MUSEUM CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING

APRIL 9: PRIVATE EVENT, Last Tour at 11 AM

APRIL 10: MUSEUM CLOSED, Staff Vacation

APRIL 16: PRIVATE EVENT, Last Tour at 11 AM

 

MAY

SATURDAYS IN MAY – ATTICS & ALLEYS TOURS

MAY 21 – RAISE A GLASS, RAISE THE CHIMNEY,  7-10 PM:  According to local legend, Robert Downham, then-owner of the Lee-Fendall House and local liquor wholesaler, lost his license after news spread around Alexandria of his entertaining President Woodrow Wilson with lavish amounts of alcohol at a dinner party.  One hundred years later, we are celebrating the occasion with a Prohibition party in our garden. Enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbly, win something in our silent auction, and celebrate the Lee-Fendall’s history!  The proceeds from this event will be going to restore the Lee-Fendall’s chimney.  Tickets are $50 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $75 for a VIP reception ticket (reception starts at 6 pm).

MAY 28: MUSEUM CLOSING AT 2PM.

 

JUNE

JUNE 11 – PRIVATE EVENT: Last tour at noon

 

JULY

JULY 4 – JULY 8:  MUSEUM CLOSED

JULY 16PRIVATE TOUR at 3:00

AUGUST

AUGUST 13 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, 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 bottled water. FREE for Members!

AUGUST 20 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR, 10:00 AM:  This guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town begins at 10:00 AM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street, and will highlight locations and stories associated with the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store, 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 bottled water.

SEPTEMBER

September 10 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, 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 bottled water. FREE for Members!

 

OCTOBER

October 1 – The museum will be closed for a private event between 11 AM and 2 PM.

October 15 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, 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 bottled water. FREE for Members!

October 15 – Outdoor Photography Waling Tours of Lee Sites, 3:30 PM:  Join photography expert Karinia Cusick for a look at Lee family sites in Old Town while learning how to master your digital camera for outdoor pictures.  The tour will start with a tour of the Lee-Fendall House.  To register, visit Fetching Photos online.

October 22 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR, 10:00 AM:  This guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town begins at 10:00 AM at the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street, and will highlight locations and stories associated with the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store, 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 bottled water.

October 29 – 3rd ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN HUNT:  The Lee-Fendall House 3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 29. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin.  The Hunt schedule is Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all other activities. Tickets are available for sale on the event page. Advance tickets are $12 for participating children, and $5 for adults.

OCTOBER 29There will be no tours of the museum from 10 am to 4 pm due to the Pumpkin Hunt program.

October 29 – GHOSTS & GRIEF TOUR: Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of supernatural encounters at the Lee-Fendall House.  Tickets are available in advance for $7 through the museum’s Online Store, or for $10 at the door.  FREE for members!

November

November 12Last public tour at 1:00 PM

November 18Last public tour at 2:00 PM

November 19 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: This program has been cancelled.

November 24-25 : CLOSED

November 30NOON – 2:00 PM: Closed fora private event

December

December 10 – Old Town Alexandria Candlelight Tour, 4 PM – 9 PM: Bring Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours, the city’s premier historic holiday event, blends history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, music, and tours highlighting festive traditions. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Special seasonal libations may be purchased along the tour.  For information and tickets, CLICK HERE.

December 18 – Downton Abbey Christmas Tea, Noon: The Lee-Fendall House will offer a special “Downton Abbey” Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 17, at 12:00 noon. Discuss your favorite moments of the series while enjoying a  traditional tea, then follow a special private tour of the house showing the surprising connections between the people and places of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House. The tour features areas not regularly open to the public, including the service wing. Traditional English holiday gifts for all attendees! This program is perfect for entertaining out of town guests for the holidays. The tour and tea program lasts from 2-3 hours, and the fee is $50 per person. Space is strictly limited to 24 attendees; advance reservations are required. Tickets are available through the museum’s Online Store.