Calendar of Events

2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 4 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

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, 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 inside the museum. 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 11 – 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 local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

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.

SEPTEMBER 11 – Private Film Shoot – Museum closed for regular tours

SEPTEMBER 18 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of 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.

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.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Smithsonian Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. The Lee-Fendall House Museum will be joining thousands of other museums and cultural institutions across the country to provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

Tours of the Lee-Fendall House will be self-guided throughout the day starting at 10:00 AM with the last entry at 4:00 PM. Entry will be controlled to minimize crowding and allow for social distancing. Face masks are required inside the museum. Register for your ticket now at
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/lee-fendall-house-museum-garden.

SEPTEMBER 25 – Cocktail Chronicles, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM: From its earliest days, Alexandria has been involved in the production and trade of spirits – and this town has always loved a cocktail. Join us on Saturday, September 25th to learn more about this history and sample it for yourself! Guests will enjoy mixology demonstrations for three historic cocktails – and will be able to sample each one – along with trivia and exhibits related to local liquor history.

This event will be presented in a fully outdoor setting with limited numbers. Timed entrances will take place at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Attendees should show up at the start of the time slot they reserved and plan to stay for one hour. We respectfully request that attendees wear masks when in close contact with staff or volunteers, with ample space provided to socially distance when enjoying cocktails and snacks.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 1 – Homeschool Day – Archives, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for Homeschool Day on Friday, October 1! Our theme this fall, in honor of American Archives Month, will focus on archives and how we learn about history through documents.

Tours of the house will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last tour starting at 2:00 PM, with a limited number of people per session. Advance registration for a specific tour time is required. Face masks are required inside the museum. Adults (18+) are $3, students (3-17) are $5, and children under 3 are free. If you have any questions, please contact Manager of Education Amanda Roper at amanda.roper@leefendallhouse.org or call 703-548-1789.

OCTOBER 9 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of 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.

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.

OCTOBER 9 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 16 – 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 local alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, who were once one of the city’s most prominent liquor dealers.

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.

OCTOBER 16 – Private Rental – Museum closes at 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 22-23 – 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 mementos, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours groups will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are required.

OCTOBER 23 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of 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.

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.

OCTOBER 29-30 – 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 mementos, mourning clothing, and séances will be explored. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark!

Tours will be offered at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours groups will be limited to 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are required.

OCTOBER 30 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM: Enjoy some seasonal family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic! Put on your Halloween costumes and join us for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, and a costume parade. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Sessions start at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 6 – History of Tea, 2:00 PM: Learn about the history of tea, one of the world’s most popular drinks, and taste teas that were popular throughout different periods of American history. Space is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are $20 per person.

NOVEMBER 20 – Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Workers at Lee-Fendall, 2:00 PM: Learn about 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 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 24-26 – Museum closed

NOVEMBER 27 – Stories in the Architecture, 2:00 PM: Explore the history of the Lee-Fendall House through its architecture and visit parts of the house that are not regularly open to the public. See how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use as a home in the twentieth century.

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. Face masks are required inside the museum.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 5 & 12 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshops, 2:00 PM: Learn the history behind using greenery to decorate homes for the holidays, then craft your own boxwood kissing ball using fresh cuttings from the Lee-Fendall garden!

Please note that these workshops will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately. Registration must be done in advance and costs $25 per person and includes all materials needed to make your own boxwood kissing ball.

DECEMBER 4, 11, 18 – Candlelight Tours, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 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. Tours are offered on the half hour starting at 5:30 PM and ending at 7:30 PM. Space is limited to no more than 10 people at a time and advance reservations are required. Face masks and social distancing will be in place throughout the tour. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/children (ages 5-17).

DECEMBER 11 – A Victorian Christmas, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 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 with Santa, a toy exhibit, and more! Timed tickets on the hour are available through advance registration at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. We will be following all recommended health requirements, including face masks and social distancing. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-12), children under 2 are free.

DECEMBER 24-26 – Museum closed