Calendar of Events

2022

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

AUGUST

AUGUST 5, 12 & 19 – Storytime at the Museum, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Join us for a story, a craft and a special tour of the museum designed for young learners every Friday morning throughout the summer!

Storytime is aimed at introducing young learners ages 3-6 to concepts of history, art and science, however children of all ages are welcome! The program will take place both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and all craft materials are provided.

Tickets are $8 per participating child (Parents/chaperones are free of charge). Advance registration is required.

AUGUST 12 & 19 – Trivia Night, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and the Lee-Fendall House Museum host bi-weekly trivia nights throughout the summer in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on everything from pop culture to history.

Registration must be done in advance. Tickets are $8 per person and include snacks and one complimentary drink. Additional drinks can be purchased at our bar. Teams are limited to 6 people, ages 21+ only. 

Each trivia night will have a different theme. Click here for details. 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!

AUGUST 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, 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.

AUGUST 27 – “Stolen” with Dr. Richard Bell, 2:00 PM: As part of our June exhibit “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom”, join us for an evening with Dr. Richard Bell as he discusses his book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, a gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Book signing to follow. 

Tickets are $8, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. Members should email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) or call (703-548-1789) to reserve their spot. 

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.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 3 – Civil War History in the Garden Tour, 10:00 AM: Sit in the shade of the Lee-Fendall garden and learn how the American Civil War impacted soldiers and civilians in Alexandria. During the war, African American refugees from slavery sought freedom in the city while Confederate sympathizers fled. Alexandria served as a major supply and staging area for the Union Army as well as a medical center.

At the Lee-Fendall House, which served as a Union hospital, learn about medical advancements and specifically the use of plants to treat sick and wounded soldiers.

Tickets are $10 per person. The tour is 1 hour long with a limit of 15 people. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call or email to make a reservation (703) 548-1789 or contact@leefendallhouse.org.

SEPTEMBER 3 – 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.

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.

SEPTEMBER 10 – 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 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.

SEPTEMBER 10 – Museum closes at 1:00 PM for Private Event

SEPTEMBER 16 – Stratford Hall to Lee-Fendall House: African Americans Enslaved by the Lees, 6:00 PM: Join Dr. Kelley Deetz, Vice President of Collections and Public Engagement at Stratford Hall, as she shares the stories of some of the African and African Americans who were enslaved by the Lee family and highlights some connections between Stratford Hall and the Lee-Fendall House.

The lecture is limited to 25 participants. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $8 per person. Members of Lee-Fendall House are free but must call (703) 548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org to make a reservation.

SEPTEMBER 17 – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: The Lee-Fendall House will be joining thousands of museums across the country to offer free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket on Saturday, September 17. 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.

SEPTEMBER 17 – Meet First Lady Louisa Adams (A Lee-Fendall House Fundraising Event), 6:00 PM: Join us for a living history event featuring theatre actress and character interpreter, Laura Rocklyn, as First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams, wife of the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. President and Mrs. Adams had relationships with various members of the Lee family, including Edmund Jennings Lee who owned Lee-Fendall House from 1826 to 1843. 

Mrs. Adams will visit at 6:00 PM. Advance registration is required as seats are limited. Admission is $25 per person. Members receive a special 25% discount. Call (703) 548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org for discount code.

The proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards supporting our preservation initiatives.

SEPTEMBER 24 – Historic Presbyterian Cemetery Tours, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM: Join staff from the Presbyterian Cemetery and the Lee-Fendall House Museum for a tour of one of Alexandria’s most fascinating cemeteries. Hear stories of Alexandrians who shaped the city we live in today and whose lives were sometimes stranger than fiction. 

Tickets are $20 per person. The tour will run for 1 hour at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM and is limited to 25 participants.

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.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 7 – Homeschool Day: Archeology at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, and 2 PM: The Lee-Fendall House Museum welcomes homeschoolers for our fall Homeschool Day which will focus on Archeology. Tours of the house will be offered every hour starting at 10:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM. Ticket information will be posted closer to event date, so stay tuned!

OCTOBER 8 – 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 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.

OCTOBER 21, 22, 28, & 29 – Grief and Ghost Tours 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Explore 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!

Tours will be offered every half an hour starting 7:00 with the last tour at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours will be limited to 12 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are recommended.

OCTOBER 22 – 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.

OCTOBER 22 – Fall Frolic, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Enjoy some fall themed family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic event! Join us for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, a costume parade, and more!

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, and 3:00 PM and are limited to 20 children each. Tickets are $15 per participating child ages 2-12. Accompanying adults are $5 each and infants under 2 are free.

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.

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 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. 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 12 people 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 its 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 visit with Santa, a toy exhibit, and more! 

Timed tickets on the hour starting 10:00 AM and ending 3:00 PM are available through advance registration. Face masks are recommended inside the museum. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-12), children under 2 are free.