2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
NOVEMBER 7 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, November 7. 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 $15.00 in advance through the museum’s Online Store, or $20.00 the day of the program.
NOVEMBER 11: Closed
NOVEMBER 14 – THANKSGIVING FROM 1621 TO THE PRESENT, 1:00 PM: This lecture program explores the traditions that have made Thanksgiving the truly American holiday that it is. The presentation will be followed by samples of Thanksgiving food from four centuries. Admission $15 through the museum’s Online Store. Members only $5!
NOVEMBER 14 – COOKING UP THE PAST, 3:30 PM: An interactive cooking experience that will demonstrate how to prepare historical Thanksgiving recipes. Admission $25 through the museum’s Online Store. Members only $20!
NOVEMBER 21 – “The General’s Tour”, 1:00 PM: “The General’s Tour,”a guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town will be offered Saturday, November 21. The tour will begin at 1:00 PM 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.
NOVEMBER 26-27: Closed
DECEMBER 5 – Downton Abbey Tour, 11:00 AM: In anticipation of the final season of “Downton Abbey,” the Lee-Fendall House will offer a special “Downton Abbey” themed tour of the museum. 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. This tour will compare similarities between people and places within the world of the television series and those of the Lee-Fendall House. The tour will feature the service wing, which is not normally open to public view. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store, or for $12 at the door.
DECEMBER 11-12 – HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Bring centuries of Holiday Cheer to your celebrations this year! The Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour, Alexandria’s premier historic holiday event, blends three centuries of history, food, and drink through special tastings, seasonal decorations, period music, and tours highlighting festive traditions through time. Tour times are Saturday, December 12, 6—9 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 3—6 p.m. Tickets for this event can be purchased online through the Office of Historic Alexandria.
DECEMBER 19 – DOWNTON ABBEY CHRISTMAS TEA, 1:00 PM: Discuss what may happen in the show’s final season while enjoying a traditional tea, then follow a special private tour of the house comparing the people and places of Downton Abbey with 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 for $50 through the museum’s Online Store.
DECEMBER 24 – JANUARY 1: Closed