Calendar of Events

2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

MARCH

MARCH 6 – Virtue and Vice: The Women of Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Meet some of the women who lived in the Lee-Fendall House over the years. Learn about their struggles and achievements as women, wives, educators, workers, mothers, performers, and activists. 

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 8 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.

MARCH 8 – Museum Mondays, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, & 2:00 PM: Join us for a private educational field trip to the Lee-Fendall House Museum. Each month will highlight a different theme as we explore local history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked at the Lee-Fendall House throughout its history.

On each date, tour sessions will be limited to one family or learning pod at a time and must be reserved in advance. Face masks are required. Recommended for ages 5-12. Student admission is $5 and accompanying adults are $3. Sessions will be offered at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM. Contact our Manager of Education, Amanda Roper, with questions at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org.

MARCH 13 – 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 how they 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 8 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.

MARCH 20 – 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.

For your safety and for those around you, face masks are required. The tour is limited to 8 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.

MARCH 27 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers 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 $15 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.

MARCH 27 – Easter Egg Hunt, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM: Find Easter eggs hidden in the Lee-Fendall garden on this socially-distant take on our popular annual egg hunt! Sessions are offered on the hour at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on Saturdays March 27 and April 3.

We will be adhering to all recommended health guidelines. Attendance will be limited to enforce social distancing so reservations MUST be made in advance. Face masks are required. Bring your own basket. Tickets are $15 per participating children ages 2-12. Accompanying adults are $5 and infants under 2 are free. Please note that the museum will be closed to regular tours on these dates. 

APRIL

APRIL 3 – Easter Egg Hunt, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM: Find Easter eggs hidden in the Lee-Fendall garden on this socially-distant take on our popular annual egg hunt! Sessions are offered on the hour at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on Saturdays March 27 and April 3.

We will be adhering to all recommended health guidelines. Attendance will be limited to enforce social distancing so reservations MUST be made in advance. Face masks are required. Bring your own basket. Tickets are $15 per participating children ages 2-12. Accompanying adults are $5 and infants under 2 are free. Please note that the museum will be closed to regular tours on these dates. 

APRIL 17 – Historic Garden Week – Old Town Alexandria: Tour private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites in Alexandria this spring as part of Historic Garden Week! Tickets are available online and additional information can be found at https://www.vagardenweek.org. The Lee-Fendall garden will be featured on the Old Town Alexandria tour.

APRIL 23 – Homeschool Day: Gardens, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM: Our spring Homeschool Day will focus on the history of gardens as a source of food, medicine, and recreation. Learn how herbs were used to do everything from treat diseases to flavor food. Educational activities will take place outdoors with optional house tours.

Sessions run every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last one 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 you must register in advance. Face masks and social distancing are required. Accompanying adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free.

APRIL 24 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers 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 $15 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.

MAY

MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 – Pillars to Pavers: Preservation in Alexandria, 10:00 AM: 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 Historic Preservation Month, explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to highlight how buildings have been preserved and adapted for future generations to enjoy. At two stops, Carlyle House and Lee-Fendall House, you will be able to enter spaces that are usually closed to the public.

Tours begin at the Lee-Fendall House at 10:00 AM every Saturday in May. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Face masks and social distancing will be enforced and tours are limited to 8 people. Please dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, please call (703)548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 1 – 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. On International Workers’ Day, learn about the struggle for workers’ 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 8 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.

MAY 7 – Historic Garden Tour at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Discover the history of the Lee-Fendall garden from its eighteenth century beginnings to the present. Learn how the use and appearance of the garden has changed over time and see recent efforts to restore the garden and create an educational space and urban wildlife habitat. This tour is led by garden volunteer and retired biologist, Roger Monthey. 

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $10 per person. Space is limited to 10 people and face masks are required. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 15 – 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 how they 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 8 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.

MAY 22 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

JUNE

JUNE 11 & 25 – Trivia Nights at Historic Sites: 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 Lee-Fendall gardens. With a different theme each night, test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $5 per person and include one drink ticket. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. Attendees should wear face masks when not seated at their tables. Tables will be spaced to allow for social distancing.

There will be weekly prizes for the winning team as well as a grand prize for the team that wins the most points over the entire summer!

JUNE 12 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria, 9:00 AM: This walking tour shares the stories of soldiers, citizens, and self-liberated African Americans in Civil War Alexandria. It covers 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 $15 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.

JUNE 19 – 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 how they 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 8 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.