Calendar of Events

2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Details and tickets for upcoming Lee-Fendall House events may be found at our Eventbrite page

JULY

JULY 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Stories from the Past, 10:30 AM: Join us for a history-themed story and craft in our garden every Friday morning throughout the summer! This storytime is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 3-6, however children of all ages are welcome! Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines. The program will take place outdoors and all craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. $6 per participating child, parents/chaperones are free of charge. Advance registration is required. If you have questions, please contact our Manager of Education at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org.

JULY 3 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

JULY 4 – Museum Closed

JULY 9 & 23 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum combine their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful Lee-Fendall gardens. With a different theme each night, test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. Attendees should wear face masks when not seated at their tables. Tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing. There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

JULY 10 – Historic Garden Tour at Lee-Fendall, 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. This tour is led by garden volunteer and retired biologist, Roger Monthey.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $10 per person. Space is limited to 10 people and face masks are required. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

JULY 24 – 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 its continued use as a home in the twentieth century.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 8 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.

AUGUST

AUGUST 6, 13 & 20 – Stories from the Past, 10:30 AM: Join us for a history-themed story and craft in our garden every Friday morning throughout the summer! This storytime is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 3-6, however children of all ages are welcome! Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines. The program will take place outdoors and all craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. $6 per participating child, parents/chaperones are free of charge. Advance registration is required. If you have questions, please contact our Manager of Education at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org.

AUGUST 6 & 20 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum combine their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful Lee-Fendall gardens. With a different theme each night, test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. Attendees should wear face masks when not seated at their tables. Tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing. There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

AUGUST 7 – Private Rental

AUGUST 14 – Family History Day: Ice Cream, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Join us for this family-friendly history day and discover the history of ice cream! Try making ice cream the old-fashioned way and enjoy a taste of historic ice cream flavors. Ice cream making demonstrations and tours of the house will run between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 14.

Tickets are $3 for students (ages 5-17) and $7 for adults, children under 5 are free. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged as we will be limiting the number of visitors on the property at one time. Face masks must be worn inside the museum.

AUGUST 14 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House, 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. Hear the stories of how they built and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the course of its history.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are recommended. The tour is limited to 10 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.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 4 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 5 – Blood and Strikes: American Labor in the 20th Century, 2:00 PM: From deadly mine explosions to wartime strikes, the history of the 20th century American labor movement is full of violence and controversy. This Labor Day weekend, learn about the struggle for workers’ rights at the home of one of its most powerful spokesmen, John L. Lewis.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are recommended. The tour is limited to 10 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.

SEPTEMBER 11 – Prohibition in Alexandria Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on this walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria. Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long tradition of local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

The tour is limited to 10 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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 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 10 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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Smithsonian Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. The Lee-Fendall House Museum will be joining thousands of other museums and cultural institutions across the country to provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Register for your ticket starting on August 18, 2021 at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/lee-fendall-house-museum-garden/

SEPTEMBER 25 – Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, 7:00-10:00 PM: This annual fundraising party celebrates Lee-Fendall House’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to one of Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers (and possible bootleggers!). Highlights include dancing to live jazz music, a costume contest, 1920s-style cocktails, and more. This year, the event will raise funds for the repair of our 220-year-old brick garden wall as well as support the museum’s ongoing work in historic preservation, education, and community engagement. A private VIP pre-reception will precede the main event. Tickets are limited and usually sell out in advance so early registration is encouraged!

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 1 – Homeschool Day – Archives, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 1! Our theme this fall, in honor of American Archives Month, will focus on archives and how we learn about history through documents.

Tours of the house will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last tour starting at 2:00 PM, with a limited number of people per session. Advance registration for a specific tour time is required. Face masks are recommended. Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. If you have any questions, please contact Manager of Education Amanda Roper at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

OCTOBER 9 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 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 10 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.

OCTOBER 9 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 16 – Prohibition in Alexandria Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on this walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria. Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long tradition of local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

The tour is limited to 10 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.

OCTOBER 16 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 22-23 – Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM: 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 mementos, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours groups will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are recommended.

OCTOBER 23 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 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 10 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.

OCTOBER 29-30 – Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM: 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 mementos, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours groups will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are recommended.

OCTOBER 30 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM: Enjoy some seasonal family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic! Put on your Halloween costumes and join us on Saturday, October 24, for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, and a costume parade. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM.