Calendar of Events

 

2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

JANUARY

JANUARY 12 – “STORIES IN THE ARCHITECTURE”, 2:00 PM:
Venture behind the scenes, from the basement to the attic, and explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture. Changes in style and home technology have all left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use as a home in the twentieth century. This tour will include parts of the house that are not regularly open 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.

JANUARY 26 – “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. This acclaimed tour presents a fuller story of the many people who shaped this house over its long history. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 9 – “STORIES IN THE ARCHITECTURE”, 2:00 PM:
Venture behind the scenes, from the basement to the attic, and explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture. Changes in style and home technology have all left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use as a home in the twentieth century. This tour will include parts of the house that are not regularly open 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.

FEBRUARY 23 – “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. This acclaimed tour presents a fuller story of the many people who shaped this house over its long history. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE.

MARCH

MARCH 9 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 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. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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!

MARCH 9 – THE WOMEN OF LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM: Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have lived in and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the centuries. Beginning in 1791 with Mary Lee Fendall, the tour will culminate in the story of the women who fought to save the house from development in the 1970s. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free.

MARCH 23 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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.

MARCH 24 – MUSEUM CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING

MARCH 28 – EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION, 6:00-8:00 PM
“The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920”: Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit! Learn about the lives of the women who called Lee-Fendall House home during this time of momentous change, how their stories reflected larger events, and how these stories are still relevant today. The reception is free and open to the public but please RSVP at our Eventbrite page. A cash bar will be available.

MARCH 30 – HANDS-ON HISTORY DAY, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM:
Join us at this open house designed to help children and families connect with history! Touch the past and discover how things like houses, food, fashion, and toys have changed over time. Tickets are $2 for children (12 and under) and $4 for adults.

APRIL

APRIL 3, SPRING2ACTION HAPPY HOUR, 5:30-7:30 PM: Join us at the Light Horse Restaurant for fun and door prizes and discover how we are preserving our shared history at the Lee-Fendall House.

APRIL 5 – HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, April 5th. We will have discounted admission, special activities, and learning opportunities for the whole family! Come discover how life in America has changed over the past 200 years. Guided house tours will be offered on the hour starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. Adults (18+) are $4, students (5-17) are $2, and children under 5 are free. Advance booking is encouraged but not required.

APRIL 7 – ALEXANDRIA ROCKS! A WALKING TOUR, 1:00 PM: This guided walking tour highlights the intersection of history and geology in Old Town Alexandria. Learn about the role rocks played in the development of some of the city’s most popular sites. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or for $15 the day of. Current members of the Lee-Fendall House Museum are FREE! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

APRIL 13 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring 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!

APRIL 19 – 21 – 20th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: The Lee-Fendall’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. Once again, the museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs! Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments, and photos with the Easter Bunny. The Hunt schedule is Friday, April 19 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM; and Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. All children age 12 and under are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy our other activities. Advance tickets are $15 for children age 1-12, $5 for adults and children over the age of 12, and free for infants (under 1). Discounted tickets are available for Friends of the Lee-Fendall House. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and sell out quickly so purchase your tickets early!

Due to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Museum will close to regular tours at 1 PM on Friday and will be closed to tours on Saturday and Sunday.

APRIL 27 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 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. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite  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!

MAY

MAY 4 – PILLARS TO PAVERS: PRESERVATION IN ALEXANDRIA: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and two guest sites. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested. Held rain or shine. Tickets are $35 per person.

MAY 5 – ALEXANDRIA ROCKS! A WALKING TOUR, 1:00 PM: This guided walking tour highlights the intersection of history and geology in Old Town Alexandria. Learn about the role rocks played in the development of some of the city’s most popular sites. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or for $15 the day of. Current members of the Lee-Fendall House Museum are FREE! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

MAY 11 – PILLARS TO PAVERS: PRESERVATION IN ALEXANDRIA: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and two guest sites. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested. Held rain or shine. Tickets are $35 per person.

MAY 11 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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.

MAY 12 – MOTHER’S DAY TOURS, 1:00 – 4:00 PM: Mothers and grandmothers receive free admission to the Lee-Fendall House Museum in honor of Mother’s Day. Take a guided tour of the home and afterwards enjoy light refreshments in our beautiful garden. Celebrate the women in your life with a visit to the Lee-Fendall House Museum!

MAY 17 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

MAY 18 – PILLARS TO PAVERS: PRESERVATION IN ALEXANDRIA: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and two guest sites. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.
Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested. Held rain or shine. Tickets are $35 per person.

MAY 19 – ALEXANDRIA ROCKS! A WALKING TOUR, 1:00 PM: This guided walking tour highlights the intersection of history and geology in Old Town Alexandria. Learn about the role rocks played in the development of some of the city’s most popular sites. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or for $15 the day of. Current members of the Lee-Fendall House Museum are FREE! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

MAY 25 – PILLARS TO PAVERS: PRESERVATION IN ALEXANDRIA: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. In honor of National Preservation Month, explore spaces not normally open to the public at Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and two guest sites. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested. Held rain or shine. Tickets are $35 per person.

MAY 25 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring 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!

MAY 28 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

JUNE

JUNE 1 – MUSEUM CLOSES AT 1:00 PM DUE TO A PRIVATE RENTAL

JUNE 6 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JUNE 8 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 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. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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!

JUNE 8 – THE WOMEN OF LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM: Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have lived in and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the centuries. Beginning in 1791 with Mary Lee Fendall, the tour will culminate in the story of the women who fought to save the house from development in the 1970s. Tickets are $10, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free.

JUNE 13 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JUNE 14 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

JUNE 20 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JUNE 22 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available 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.

JUNE 27 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JUNE 28 – MUSEUM CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING, 10 AM – 4 PM

JUNE 28 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

JUNE 29 – “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 the many people who shaped the Lee-Fendall House over its long history. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE.

JULY

JULY 4 – MUSEUM CLOSED

JULY 11 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JULY 12 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

JULY 13 – HANDS-ON HISTORY DAY: ICE CREAM, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Join us for a fun day of hands-on history as we explore the history of ice cream! Have a hand at making ice cream the old-fashioned way and enjoy a taste. Ice cream making demonstrations and interactive tours of the house will run throughout the day between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Tickets are $2 for children (ages 2-12) and $4 for adults, infants under 2 are free. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

JULY 13 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring 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!

JULY 18 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JULY 25 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

JULY 26 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

JULY 27 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 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. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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!

AUGUST

AUGUST 1 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

AUGUST 8 – STORIES FROM THE PAST, 11:00 AM: This reading program introduces historical and cultural concepts to young learners through stories, crafts, experiential play, and special tours of the museum designed to engage young audiences. Recommended for ages 3-5. Each week is a different book and theme. Space is very limited so advance reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per child. Parents and chaperones are free.

AUGUST 9 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drrinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

AUGUST 10 – Light-Horse Harry Lee: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Hero, 7:00 PM: Come hear author Ryan Cole discuss the tragic life of Light-Horse Harry Lee as recounted in his new book, Light-Horse Harry Lee: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Hero. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through the museum’s gift shop. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Admission is $5, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Tickets can be reserved in advance through Eventbrite

AUGUST 10 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available 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.

AUGUST 23 – TRIVIA NIGHTS AT HISTORIC SITES, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Tickets are $7 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our cash bar. Register early because spots fill up fast! Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only.

AUGUST 24 – HANDS-ON HISTORY DAY: SPORTS, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM: Sports have been enjoyed throughout history. Join us on August 24 for a Hands-On History Day that explores sports and recreation! Try your hand at lawn games in our garden and discover how popular sports like cycling and baseball have changed over time. Tickets are $3 for Adults (18+), $5 for Students (3-17), Children under 3 are free. Advance tickets are encouraged but not required. 

AUGUST 24 – BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD – A WALKING TOUR OF CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA, 10:00 AM: A walking tour of Civil War Alexandria featuring 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!

AUGUST 31 – “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 the many people who shaped the Lee-Fendall House over its long history. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are FREE.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 1 – THE MUSEUM WILL CLOSE AT 3:00 FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.  THE LAST TOUR WILL BEGIN AT 2:00.

SEPTEMBER 7 – 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 alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers prior to Prohibition. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

SEPTEMBER 8 – DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL, 2:00 PM:  Did you know 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?  This tour explores the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!  Free for members.  Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

SEPTEMBER 14 – THE GENERAL’S TOUR – ROBERT E. LEE IN ALEXANDRIA, 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. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite 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!

SEPTEMBER 14 – SIPS & SECRETS: A SPEAKEASY NIGHT, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: On Saturday, September 14th, we invite you to join us for Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night. This annual event celebrates the house’s Prohibition-era history, when we were home to Alexandria’s liquor wholesalers, and all proceeds will support our mission to provide a place for the Alexandria community to explore our shared history and discover its relevance to today. Find out more and purchase your tickets today!

SEPTEMBER 15 – DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL, 2:00 PM:  Did you know 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?  This tour explores the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!  Free for members.  Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

SEPTEMBER 21 – THE WAR OF 1812 IN ALEXANDRIA – A WALKING TOUR, 10:00 AM: A guided walking tour of people and places in Old Town associated with the War of 1812 and the British occupation of Alexandria in 1814. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available 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.

SEPTEMBER 21 – SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum is offering free admission and self-guided tours when you register as part of Smithsonian Museum Day. Register for your free tickets now! Please note that the museum will be closing for a private event at 3 PM. 

SEPTEMBER 22 – DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL, 2:00 PM:  Did you know 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?  This tour explores the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!  Free for members.  Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

SEPTEMBER 28 – DUE TO OUR SPECIAL PROGRAM, THE FINAL TOUR WILL BE HELD AT NOON.

SEPTEMBER 28 – DOWNTON ABBEY: THE MOVIE CELEBRATION, 1:00 PM: Celebrate Downton Abbey: The Movie at an ancestral home of the current Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle! Uncover the real-world connections between Downton Abbey and the Lee-Fendall House and find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family. Enjoy refreshments, test your knowledge of Downton Abbey in our trivia contest, learn the ins and outs of antique tableware, explore the house through a scavenger hunt, and discover plenty of photo opportunities throughout the house and grounds.  Space is limited so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and are $25 for adults and $15 for fans under the age of 15. Member tickets are $15; members please contact the museum at (703) 548-1789 to make your reservations.  Please Note: Downton Abbey: The Movie will not be screened at this event.

SEPTEMBER 29 – DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL, 2:00 PM:  Did you know 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?  This tour explores the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!  Free for members.  Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 4 – HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 4th! We will be offering hands-on, educational activities that explore how life in America has changed over time. Our theme this fall will focus on the history of gardens as a source of food, medicine, and recreation. Special, interactive tours of the house and garden will be offered throughout the day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance booking is encouraged but not required. 

OCTOBER 5 – 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 alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers prior to Prohibition. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

OCTOBER 6 – DOWNTON ABBEY AT LEE-FENDALL, 2:00 PM:  Did you know 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?  This tour explores the surprising connections between people and places of the world of Downton Abbey and those of the Lee-Fendall House.  Find out which of your favorite characters are based on members of the Fendall family!  Free for members.  Advance tickets are $10/ person and are available through Eventbrite.  FREE for members!

OCTOBER 12 – THE MUSEUM WILL CLOSE AT 1:00 FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.  THE FINAL TOUR WILL BEGIN AT NOON.

OCTOBER 19 – THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.

OCTOBER 25-26 – GRIEF & GHOST TOURS, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 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 jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark. Tours will be offered October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 through Eventbrite. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of tickets in advance is strongly recommended. 

OCTOBER 26 – HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN HUNT: The Lee-Fendall House Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 26. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween objects for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, games, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin.  The Hunt schedule is 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 through Eventbrite. Advance tickets are $15 for participating children, and $5 for adults.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 1-2 – GRIEF & GHOST TOURS, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 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 jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark. Tours will be offered October 25 & 26 and November 1 & 2 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 through Eventbrite. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

NOVEMBER 9 –  Cluverius v. The Commonwealth: Virginia’s Murder Trial of the Century, 7:00 PM: Join author D.N. Wilson as he discusses his new book and the shocking crime that inspired it. Drawing on true historical events, Wilson brings to life the men and women who found themselves at the center of this murder trial that gripped Virginia in the late nineteenth century. Tickets are $5, the talk will be followed by a book signing.

NOVEMBER 23 – THE WOMEN OF LEE-FENDALL HOUSE, 2:00 PM: Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have lived in and shaped the Lee-Fendall House over the centuries. Beginning in 1791 with Mary Lee Fendall, the tour will culminate in the story of the women who fought to save the house from development in the 1970s. This tour will coincide with the last opportunity to view the exhibit The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920. Tickets are $10, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 14 & 15 – A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM: Experience the wonder of the season by joining us for a Victorian Christmas at the Lee-Fendall House! Enjoy traditional décor, holiday crafts, sweet treats, seasonal story time, photos with Santa, and more! Tickets are $8 for adults and $12 for children (age 2-12), children under 2 are free. 

DECEMBER 14 – YULETIDE BY CANDLELIGHT, 5:00-9:00 PM: Experience the holiday season with festive activities and fare at historic sites throughout Alexandria! Discover Alexandria’s holiday traditions through the centuries.  Dance in the ballroom at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, warm yourself by the fire at Carlyle House, and make a Victorian keepsake at Lee-Fendall House.  Enjoy seasonal decorations, refreshments, and take advantage of a 10% discount at the participating Museum Shops! A cash bar for adult beverages will be located at Gadby’s Tavern Museum.  Ticket includes admission to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House Historic Park, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.  A free shuttle will run between all participating sites throughout the event!  Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $8 for children.  Purchase tickets on Eventbrite!