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“RAISE A GLASS, RAISE THE CHIMNEY,” – Saturday, May 21, 7-10 PM

ee downham liquorIn 1916, Virginia’s prohibition law became effective. According to local legend, Robert Downham, then-owner of the Lee-Fendall House and local liquor wholesaler, lost his license after news spread around Alexandria of his entertaining President Woodrow Wilson with lavish amounts of alcohol at a dinner party.

One hundred years later, we are celebrating the occasion with a Prohibition party in our garden. Enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbly, win something in our silent auction, and celebrate the Lee-Fendall’s history!

The proceeds from this event will be going to restore the Lee-Fendall’s chimney, which is in severe danger of collapsing and damaging other parts of the property. Over its two and a quarter centuries of history, diverse dignitaries such George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and President of the United Mine Workers John L. Lewis have all enjoyed hospitality under this roof; it is imperative to protect this local treasure. We are hoping that by raising our glasses, we will be able to raise the chimney and preserve the Lee-Fendall House!

$50 per person for cocktail party; $75 per person for VIP ticket (In addition to admission to the cocktail party, VIP guests will receive a special tour of the house and enjoy a private reception beforehand with Mr. Downham and Woodrow Wilson – “bathtub gin” included! (The reception begins at 6 pm.)

Members get complimentary VIP access for regular ticket price!

Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.


Regular Tickets $50

VIP Tickets $75



The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town. The tour will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20.00 the day of the program. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water. FREE for Members!







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