Calendar of Events

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 7 – 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 built and shaped the Lee-Fendall 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.

NOVEMBER 14 – 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.

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.

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.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 5, 12, & 19 – Holiday Candlelight Tours, 5:00-8:00 PM:
Celebrate the holiday season with evening candlelight tours of the Lee-Fendall House decked out in Victorian splendor. Our antique toy exhibit will also be on view. Tour are offered on the half hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Face masks and social distancing will be in place throughout the tour. Tickets are $8/adult and $3/children (ages 6-13).

DECEMBER 6 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop, 12:00 PM and 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. The workshop is held outdoors so please dress appropriately. Registration for the 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM session must be done in advance. 

DECEMBER 12 – A Victorian Christmas, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM:
Experience the wonder of the season by visiting the Lee-Fendall House for a family-friendly Victorian Christmas! Enjoy traditional décor, music, seasonal crafts, a visit by Santa, and more! Timed tickets on the hour are available through advance registration. We will be following all recommended health requirements, including face masks and social distancing. Tickets are $8 for adults and $12 for children (age 2-12), children under 2 are free.

Recent Events

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 3 – Stories from the Past – Which Side Are You On?, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

SEPTEMBER 5 – Pillars to Pavers Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen its older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to look at how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

Tours begin at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Face masks are required and space is limited. 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 $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. 

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 10 – Stories from the Past – Sewing Stories, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

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 17 – Stories from the Past – We Came to America, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

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 19 – Pillars to Pavers Walking Tour, 10:00 AM: Since the 1960s, the City of Alexandria has seen its older buildings and spaces being restored, preserved, and reused in different ways. This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to look at how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

Tours begin at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Face masks are required and space is limited. 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 $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. 

SEPTEMBER 24 – Stories from the Past – The Tweedles Go Electric, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

SEPTEMBER 26 – Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: On Saturday, September 26th, we invite you to join us for a virtual 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 1 – Stories from the Past – Brick by Brick, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

OCTOBER 3 – 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.

OCTOBER 8 – Stories from the Past – The Street Beneath My Feet, 10:00 AM: Join us either in person or online for a history-themed story and craft every Thursday at 10:00 AM! This story time is designed to introduce cultural concepts to young learners ages 4-7, however children of all ages are welcome! A limited number of on-site slots will be available or you can choose to participate virtually.

All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Most activities will take place outdoors. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per in person participant, $3 for virtual participation. All parents/chaperones are free of charge.

OCTOBER 16 – Homeschool Day at Lee-Fendall House, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum and staff of the Alexandria Archaeology Museum welcome 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 as well as other sites in Alexandria. Activities will be taking place outdoors.

Optional tours of the house 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 and on the grounds 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. 

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.

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.

OCTOBER 23 & 24 -Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 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. Tickets are $10 and must be reserved in advance due to limited space. Face masks are required.

OCTOBER 24 – 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.

OCTOBER 24 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM: Enjoy some safe and seasonal fun with the family in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic! Put on your Halloween costumes and join us on Saturday, October 24 for crafts, a ghost hunt, a Trick or Treat walk, and more! Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Only 10 participating children per session, plus accompanying family members, face masks are required.

OCTOBER 30 & 31- Grief & Ghost Tours, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 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. Tickets are $10 and must be reserved in advance due to limited space. Face masks are required.