Calendar of Events

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

JULY

JULY 4 – Independence Day Open House, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Explore the history in your backyard with free, self-guided tours of the Lee-Fendall House. Face masks are required and we will be limiting the number of visitors allowed in the museum at one time to allow for social distancing.

JULY 4, 12, & 18 – Summer Yoga Flow Series, 9:00 AM: In collaboration with registered yoga teacher Kelli O’Dell, we will be offering a 60 Minute All Levels Yoga Flow Summer Series on Saturdays (and some Sundays) at 9:00 AM, in the shade filled gardens starting on June 27!

Sessions are donation based with a portion going back to the maintenance of the Lee Fendall House Museum! Donations can be made in person or online: Venmo – Kelli-ODell-2 Paypal – https://www.paypal.me/domoreyoga

JULY 10 & 24 – 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 gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $5 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased. Team limit is 6 members, ages 21+ only. Outside food is permitted, but no outside alcohol.

JULY 18 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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 $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.

JULY 25 – 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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.

AUGUST

AUGUST 7 & 21 – 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 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. 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.

AUGUST 29 – 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.

SEPTEMBER

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, explore the struggle for worker’s 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 required. 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 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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 $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 19 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. 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 $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 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 3 – Museum closed at 12:00 PM for a private event

OCTOBER 16 – Homeschool Day at Lee-Fendall House, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 16! In honor of Virginia Archaeology Month, we will explore what archaeology teaches us about the past. Learn about the excavations that were done at the Lee-Fendall House and the things they revealed. Special tours of the house and grounds will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last tour starting at 3:00 PM.

Due to ongoing health concerns, we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the house at one time so please register for a specific tour time in advance. Face masks will be required and we will be practicing social distancing. Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance registration is required.

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

OCTOBER 30 & 31- Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 8:00, 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 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 30-November 1 starting at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 9:00 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 1: Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 8:00, 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 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 30-November 1 starting at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 9:00 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 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 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 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.