Calendar of Events

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

JANUARY

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

MARCH 21 – 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. 

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.

APRIL

APRIL 4 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum is offering free admission and self-guided tours when you register as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Register for your free tickets today!

APRIL 4 – Book Talk with Richard Bell – Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, 7:00 PM: Author Richard Bell will discuss his new book about kidnapping, enslavement, and human trafficking in 19th century America. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free.

APRIL 5 – 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. 

APRIL 10 – 12 – Easter Egg Hunt: Lee-Fendall’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. 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 10 at 3:00 PM; Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM; and Sunday, April 12 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 13, and free for infants (under 1). Discounted tickets are available for members 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 be closed for regular tours all weekend starting at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 10.

APRIL 18 – 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.

APRIL 18 – Historic Garden Week – Old Town Alexandria Tour, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Come tour the Lee-Fendall House Museum as part of your Historic Garden Week ticket and visit our beautiful, half-acre garden. Tickets can be purchased at www.vagardenweek.org.

APRIL 24 – 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 24th. We will be offering special tours and hands-on 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 $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. Advance booking is encouraged but not required.

MAY

MAY 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 – 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. Tickets are $25 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs and access to confined spaces. Walking shoes required, bottled water suggested. Held rain or shine.

MAY 2 – Book Talk with Lindsay Chervinsky – The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, 7:00 PM: Author Lindsay Chervinsky will be discussing her new book about the creation of the first presidential cabinet. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. 

MAY 10 – 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 – 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. 

MAY 23 – Museum closed at 12:00 PM for a private event

JUNE

JUNE 4, 11, 18, & 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 3-6. 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.

JUNE 6 – 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. 

JUNE 5 & 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.

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 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. 

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

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.