Calendar of Events

2022

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

NOVEMBER

November 5 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour, 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 12 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

November 11 – Hidden Heroes: African and African American Legacies, Lecture, 6:00 PM: As part of our special exhibit “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom”, join Dina Farouny-Webber, the exhibit curator, as she provides an in-depth look into the legacies of Africans and African Americans, who were part of the African diaspora, many of whom are not well known. This lecture will be the last in our series connected to the exhibit and will mark its end on November 13th.

Tickets are $8 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 12 – 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, both before and after the Civil War. Hear the stories of their experiences and their contributions to the site and its history.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. 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 recommended inside the museum.

NOVEMBER 26 – 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 the twentieth century.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 participants. 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 recommended inside the museum.

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom

Part 1: Freedom

June 3 – November 13, 2022 Learn about legendary African-American leaders, stories of self-liberation, and family legacies including the descendants of free and enslaved African-Americans who worked at the Lee-Fendall House. Part 1: “Freedom” will launch this 3-part exhibit which over the next two years will delve into stories of rebellion and resilience by enslaved people in America. The exhibit is free with regular admission.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 3 – JANUARY 8 – “The Golden Age of Toys” Exhibit, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Join us for this special holiday exhibit and venture into the golden age of toys from 1870 to 1920. Learn how toy production was perfected in the era when Christmas first becomes associated with toys and gift-giving and explore some highlights from the Lee-Fendall collection. The exhibit is free with general admission.

DECEMBER 3, 10 & 17 – Candlelight Tours, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Celebrate the holiday season with evening candlelight tours of the Lee-Fendall House decked out in Victorian splendor. Learn how many of our modern celebrations of the season get their start during the Victorian era. 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 15 people at a time and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/children (ages 5-17).

DECEMBER 4 & 11 – Holiday Kissing Ball Workshops, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM: Craft your own boxwood kissing ball using fresh cuttings from the Lee-Fendall garden as you learn the history behind using greenery to decorate homes for the holidays.

Please note that these workshops will be held outdoors so it is advisable to dress appropriately. Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $25 per person and include all materials needed to make your own boxwood kissing ball.

DECEMBER 10 – 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 toy exhibit, and more! 

Timed entry is on the hour starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-12), children under 2 are free.