Calendar of Events

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

The Lee-Fendall House Museum will be closed temporarily
during the health crisis, following  government directives.
Please join us online & look for most of these events to be rescheduled or presented virtually.

MAY 16 – Stories in the Architecture, 2:00 PM: Enjoy a virtual, behind the scenes tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House! Discover 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 in the twentieth century. This event will be live streamed through our YouTube channel on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 PM (EDT).

JUNE

JUNE 4, 11, 18 & 25: Stories from the Past: Watch our virtual story times!

JUNE 5: Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Join us for a virtual trivia night! Details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-trivia-night-tickets-102993518386

JUNE 19 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum along with special guests hosts combine 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 $5 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. Outside food is permitted, but no outside alcohol. 

JUNE 20 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House, 2:00 PM: Explore the Lee-Fendall House through the stories 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 the course of its history. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended.

JUNE 27 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 10:00 AM: This walking tour tells the stories of soldiers, citizens, and enslaved people in Civil War Alexandria, including the military occupation, the conversion of public and private buildings into hospitals, and emancipation.

The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. Walking tours take place rain or shine. Please wear appropriate shoes, clothing, and bring drinking water. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. 

JULY

JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 – 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 3-6. 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 17 & 31 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum along with special guests hosts combine 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 $5 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. Outside food is permitted, but no outside alcohol.

JULY 18 – 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! Try 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 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Program is included with the price of regular admission. 

AUGUST

AUGUST 6, 13, 20, & 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 3-6. 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 14 & 28 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites, 7:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum along with special guests hosts combine 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 $5 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. Outside food is permitted, but no outside alcohol.

AUGUST 15 – The Women of Lee-Fendall House, 2:00 PM: Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have 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.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 5 – Museum closed for a private event

SEPTEMBER 12 – 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, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

SEPTEMBER 26 – Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: On Saturday, September 26th, 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!

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 2 – 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 2th! 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 architecture. Special, interactive tours of the house and garden will be offered throughout the day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

OCTOBER 3 – Museum closed at 12:00 PM for a private event

OCTOBER 10 – Museum closed at 12:00 PM for a private event

OCTOBER 17 – 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, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

OCTOBER 23 & 24 – 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 23, 24, 30, & 31 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of tickets in advance is strongly recommended. 

OCTOBER 24 – Halloween Pumpkin Hunt: The Lee-Fendall House Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 24. 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. Tickets are $15 for children (1-12), and $5 for adults, infants under 1 are free. Members of the Lee-Fendall House receive discounted admission. 

OCTOBER 30 & 31- 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 23, 24, 30, & 31 starting at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. These tours frequently sell out so the purchase of tickets in advance is strongly recommended. 

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 7 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House, 2:00 PM: Explore the Lee-Fendall House through the stories 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 tour presents a fuller story of the many people who shaped this house over the course of its history. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. 

NOVEMBER 21 – 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 includes parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. 

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 3 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop, 6:30 PM: Learn how to create your own traditional holiday kissing ball in these hands-on workshops using fresh boxwood from the Lee-Fendall’s own garden! The cost to participate is $20 per person. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop. 

DECEMBER 6 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop, 2:00 PM: Learn how to create your own traditional holiday kissing ball in these hands-on workshops using fresh boxwood from the Lee-Fendall’s own garden! The cost to participate is $20 per person. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop.

DECEMBER 12 & 13 – A Victorian Christmas: 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. 

 

JANUARY 2020

JANUARY 11 – 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 includes parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. 

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 8 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Servants at the Lee-Fendall House, 2:00 PM: Explore the Lee-Fendall House through the stories 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 tour presents a fuller story of the many people who shaped this house over the course of its history. Tickets are $10, members of Lee-Fendall House are free. Space is limited so advance tickets are recommended. 

FEBRUARY 22 – Alexandria Rocks! A Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: This guided walking tour highlights the intersection of history and geology in Old Town Alexandria. Explore the Fendall family’s involvement in the stone industry and learn about the experiences of local quarry workers as the city developed. During the tour, you’ll view and get hands-on with rocks at some the city’s most popular sites! Tickets are $10 per person, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free.

MARCH

POSTPONED  Book Talk with Garrett Peck – Prohibition in Washington D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t, 7:00 PM: Author Garrett Peck will discuss the colorful history of Prohibition in our nation’s capital with stories of bootleggers, speakeasies, and jazz. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. 

POSTPONED MARCH 28 – The Women of Lee-Fendall House, 2:00 PM: Join us as we trace the experiences of the women who have 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.