Calendar of Events

2022

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

MAY

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. This May Day (International Workers’ Day), 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.

MAY 7, 14, 21, & 28 – 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 three stops, the Lee-Fendall House, Carlyle House, and the Athenaeum, 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. Tickets are $25 per person. This tour includes walking over many city blocks, stairs, and access to confined spaces. Tours are limited to 10 people. Please dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. For more information, please call (703)548-1789 or email contact@leefendallhouse.org.

MAY 7 – Private Rental; Museum will close at 1:00 PM

MAY 14 – Private Rental; Museum closed

MAY 15 – 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.

MAY 21 – Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Join us in the garden for our annual 1920s themed fundraiser in support of our preservation projects!

MAY 27 – Historic Garden Tour, 10:00 AM: 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.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $10 per person. The tour is limited to 12 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 28 – 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.

Ongoing Temporary Exhibits:

“Hosting the President” (Ends May 15th): Discover Lee-Fendall’s many connections to presidential history – from dinner parties attended by George Washington to tense political standoffs between Harry Truman and our home’s final resident John L. Lewis. The exhibit is open during normal operating hours and is free with regular admission.

JUNE

JUNE 3 – NOVEMBER 13 – “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom” Exhibit: Explore a timeline of major events related to the history of slavery in the Americas as you 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.

We will also be hosting a number of lectures and book talks related to various topics covered in the exhibit. Tickets for book talks and lectures are $8 per person and must be purchased in advance. Stay tuned for updates! The exhibit is free with regular admission.

JUNE 3 – Interpreting Enslavement at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 7:00 PM: As part of our June exhibit “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom”, join us in this talk and learn about various ways of interpreting the enslaved people at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Learn about the iconic site’s different interpretation techniques, the challenges and future goals. The talk will be given by Jeremy Ray, the Director of Interpretation at Mount Vernon.

Tickets are $8 per person and advance registration is required due to limited seating. It is free for Lee-Fendall House Museum members but pre-registeration is required by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling (703)548-1789. 

JUNE 10 & 24 – 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!

JUNE 11 – 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.

JUNE 18 – 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.

JULY

JULY 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 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 $10 per participating child (Parents/chaperones are free of charge). Advance registration is required.

JULY 8 & 22 – 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!

JULY 9 – “The Quanders” with Rohulamin Quander, 6:00 PM: As part of our June exhibit “Lives Worth Celebrating: Stories of Resilience, Rebellion and Freedom”, join us for an evening with Rohulamin Quander, founder of the Quander Historical and Educational Society, as he discusses his book The Quanders – Since 1684: An Enduring African America Family Legacy, which introduces stories that constitute the Quander Family legacy as one of the oldest consistently documented African American families in the United States. 

Tickets are $8 per person and advance registration is required due to limited seating. It is free for Lee-Fendall House Museum members but pre-registeration is required by emailing contact@leefendallhouse.org or calling (703)548-1789. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

JULY 16 – 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

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 $10 per participating child (Parents/chaperones are free of charge). Advance registration is required.

AUGUST 5 & 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.

SEPTEMBER

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 May Day (International Workers’ Day), 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 17 – 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

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 15 – 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 21, 22, 28, & 29 – Grief and Ghost Tours 7:00 PM – 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 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 10 participants and tickets must be purchased in advance. Face masks are recommended.

OCTOBER 22 – Fall Frolic 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Enjoy some seasonal family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during our Fall Frolic event! Put on your Halloween costumes and 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 age 2-12. Accompanying adults are $5 each and infants under 2 are free.

NOVEMBER

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.

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 please 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.