Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is a historic house museum located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The museum interprets the lives of the people who lived there from 1785 to 1969.
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06/03/2020
The New Woman Exhibit Tour

Join Amanda for a walk through our special exhibit “The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920.”

https://youtu.be/gXXUDUQu--U

Join our Manager of Interpretation and curator of our special exhibit “The New Woman” as she walks us through this exhibit which explores some of the social ...

Dive into our summer newsletter!http://www.leefendallhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SUMMER2020-FINAL.pdf
06/01/2020

Dive into our summer newsletter!

http://www.leefendallhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SUMMER2020-FINAL.pdf

The garden was popular yesterday! As Alexandria slowly reopens, our staff spotted several different groups throughout th...
05/30/2020

The garden was popular yesterday! As Alexandria slowly reopens, our staff spotted several different groups throughout the day enjoying our urban green space. Have you stopped by lately?

We are so excited for the return of our summer trivia nights! We will be hosting these virtually for the time being. Our...
05/29/2020

We are so excited for the return of our summer trivia nights! We will be hosting these virtually for the time being. Our first one is next Friday, June 5 at 7 PM. The theme will be PRIDE month. Registration is required (link below). Thanks to Old Town Dolci Gelati Cafe for this week’s prizes. Donations are encouraged and will go towards supporting our historic sites as well as ALIVE!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-trivia-night-tickets-102993518386

It’s tomorrow! Shop and dine with your favorite Alexandria businesses on Wednesday, May 27th, mention your favorite loca...
05/26/2020

It’s tomorrow! Shop and dine with your favorite Alexandria businesses on Wednesday, May 27th, mention your favorite local nonprofit, and up to 20 percent of your purchase price will be donated. Head over to the ACT for Alexandria page to see a list of participating businesses - and please consider directing a purchase to support the Lee-Fendall House Museum!

This Memorial Day we remember. Alexandria National Cemetery.
05/25/2020

This Memorial Day we remember.
Alexandria National Cemetery.

05/23/2020
Civil War Alexandria - A Soldier’s Perspective

This Memorial Day weekend, learn about the experiences of some of the soldiers who were in Alexandria during the Civil War. See what they wore and listen to what they witnessed in their own words.

https://youtu.be/OYRGOsmFV5c

Roger explores the experiences of Union soldiers in Alexandria during the Civil War. See what they carried with them and hear about their experiences in thei...

What a great initiative from our local businesses! We know you have many worthy causes to choose from, but we hope you’l...
05/20/2020

What a great initiative from our local businesses! We know you have many worthy causes to choose from, but we hope you’ll mention Lee-Fendall House Museum when you #ShopSmall in Alexandria during the weeks ahead. #VisitALX

Alexandria has always been a city of giving and supporting local business. The non-profit and small business community have taken an unprecedented blow during the COVID-19 shutdown. Right now, more than ever, we need to work together to make sure we all succeed. That is why Old Town Business Association is excited to bring you the first ever Good. Works. Alexandria. giving event.

Alexandria’s stores and restaurants will give a percentage of their sales to the charities of the customers’ choice. For every lunch or dinner ordered OR purchase made, we will share those profits with clientele’s charity of choice located on the Spring2ACTion website .

Are you NUTS for backyard wildlife? One of Lee-Fendall’s board members has been hand-making squirrel picnic tables, and ...
05/19/2020

Are you NUTS for backyard wildlife? One of Lee-Fendall’s board members has been hand-making squirrel picnic tables, and you can get your own from our museum shop! 🐿🐿🐿

Each one is $35, and all proceeds support our preservation and education work. Message us on Facebook, email [email protected], or call (703) 548-1789 to place your order and arrange for contactless pickup, local delivery (within 1 mile of the museum), or shipping (at cost).

Dreams of freedom, family, and opportunity inspired many of the African Americans whose history is connected to the Lee-...
05/17/2020

Dreams of freedom, family, and opportunity inspired many of the African Americans whose history is connected to the Lee-Fendall House. A future permanent exhibit which is being planned will explore these stories of hope and resilience.

In 1808, Ben escaped from Alexandria. Only 21 years old, he was enslaved by the Fendall family. He had originally worked as a gardener but had been hired out to work in a local sugar refinery. Christmas Day he chose to head north to a new life and freedom. It was a dangerous decision but one that Ben made for himself.

In the 1850s, Phil and Marie were a young couple enslaved by the Cazenoves. Emancipation a decade later brought the opportunity for them to legally marry. They would now be able to keep their family together without the threat of being sold apart.

In 1941, James Lewis answered an advertisement to work as the chauffeur for president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) John L. Lewis. James had left school at an early age in order to help support his family. James worked hard and became special assistant to John L. Lewis and many of the UMW presidents who followed him. James created opportunities for his children, all of whom received degrees in higher education.

#dreamsmw #tellthefullhistory

05/17/2020
Architecture Tour

Thanks to everyone for your patience today as we worked through technical difficulties - our virtual architecture tour is now live! Head over to YouTube to join Amanda Roper, Manager of Interpretation, as she shares how the house has changed over the centuries to accommodate changing lifestyles and technologies.

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House! Discover how changes in style and home technology have left their mark o...

In case you missed this cool bit of Alexandria transportation history!
05/16/2020

In case you missed this cool bit of Alexandria transportation history!

For those of you who are missing the King Street Trolley, it looks like Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia public works staff might have found a piece of its history! Repairing a water main break on King Street revealed buried rail tracks. Alexandria's first electric streetcar began operating in 1892 and the city has embraced public transit ever since. Click https://www.alexandriava.gov/historic/info/default.aspx?id=101306 to learn more.

Climate has greatly impacted the course of history. At the Lee-Fendall House, we want to minimize our negative impact on...
05/15/2020

Climate has greatly impacted the course of history. At the Lee-Fendall House, we want to minimize our negative impact on climate change. In recent years, we have taken small steps towards helping our environment and becoming more sustainable, this includes composting organic waste (like leaves, coffee grounds, etc.) and creating a habitat for pollinators and other wildlife in our garden. What small steps have you taken?
#climatemw #leefendallhouse

On tomorrow’s virtual architecture tour, in addition to style, we’ll be exploring how home technology changed at the Lee...
05/15/2020

On tomorrow’s virtual architecture tour, in addition to style, we’ll be exploring how home technology changed at the Lee-Fendall House over the years, from heating, to bathrooms, to in-home elevators! We’ll be streaming this tour live on our YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe13uLxG38g
#technologymw #leefendallhouse #hometechnology

We asked some of our board and staff members to share some of their favorite museum moments at the Lee-Fendall House - f...
05/14/2020

We asked some of our board and staff members to share some of their favorite museum moments at the Lee-Fendall House - from watching preservation projects get completed to leading educational programs to enjoying a quiet moment in the garden. Tag us with your favorite museum moments!
#leefendallhouse #museummomentsmw

Historic places like the Lee-Fendall House provide a sense of continuity between past and present. They remind us that w...
05/13/2020

Historic places like the Lee-Fendall House provide a sense of continuity between past and present. They remind us that we have always come together to celebrate the good times and to survive the bad ones.

During the Civil War, medical staff converted the house into a hospital to treat sick and wounded soldiers. In the early decades of the 1900s, the Downham family, who were prosperous liquor dealers, hosted parties in the garden.

In recent years, the house has been a place to discover local history and come together with our community. Since this pandemic, we have found ways to virtually stay connected while we remain physically distant.

We are hopeful that we will be able to return to celebrating in person again soon. Until then, know that we are in this together.
#leefendallhouse #togethermw #togethernessmw

At the turn of the twentieth century, Maude Downham kept a scrapbook, filled with everyday snapshots of life during a pe...
05/12/2020

At the turn of the twentieth century, Maude Downham kept a scrapbook, filled with everyday snapshots of life during a period of great change. Women broke stereotypes when it came to education and athletics. They fought for the right to vote and exert influence in the public sphere. It was a time of great technological achievement and ultimately great horror culminating in a world war and a pandemic. Maude's scrapbook became the basis for our newest exhibit "The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920" that opened last year.

Much has been said about the historic times we are living through now. Are you doing something to document them in your own way? Perhaps you are keeping a journal, taking pictures, or saving certain mementoes of life in quarantine?

#CultureInQuarantineMW #MuseumWeek

05/11/2020
Stories from the Past - Brave Clara Barton

Heroes are people who take action for the greater good. Who inspires you to be brave and help others? Today, we are going to read about Brave Clara Barton...
#heroesmw

https://youtu.be/ve0D65ZFOw4

Heroes are people who take action for the greater good. Who inspires you to be brave and help others? Today, we are going to read about Brave Clara Barton......

Edwin Bentley was born in New London, Connecticut in 1824. He received a medical degree through the medical department o...
05/11/2020

Edwin Bentley was born in New London, Connecticut in 1824. He received a medical degree through the medical department of the City of New York in 1849. When the American Civil War broke out, he joined the Union army and was eventually placed in charge of all the general hospitals located in Alexandria, Virginia. He oversaw the opening of several hospitals, including the Grosvenor Branch Hospital (the Lee-Fendall House) where he performed the first successful blood transfusion of the war in 1864.

Following the war, Bentley became the first professor of anatomy at Howard University, studied mental health issues as superintendent of the California Insane Asylum, fought a smallpox epidemic in New Orleans, and was a founder of the medical school at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Bentley devoted his life to pushing forward the boundaries of what was possible in medicine. When he died at the age of 92, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

#heroesmw #museumweek

Lee-Fendall House wishes a very happy Mother’s Day to all moms and the people who love them! The Washington Street gate ...
05/10/2020

Lee-Fendall House wishes a very happy Mother’s Day to all moms and the people who love them! The Washington Street gate will be open all day today.

Did you know the Lee-Fendall House is on YouTube? Subscribe to our channel for the latest videos and live events! Next S...
05/09/2020
Virtual Architecture Tour

Did you know the Lee-Fendall House is on YouTube? Subscribe to our channel for the latest videos and live events! Next Saturday, we'll be hosting a virtual tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe13uLxG38g

Enjoy a virtual, behind the scenes tour focused on the architecture of the Lee-Fendall House! Discover how changes in style and home technology have left the...

Celebrate this Mother’s Day weekend with a stroll through the Lee-Fendall garden!
05/08/2020

Celebrate this Mother’s Day weekend with a stroll through the Lee-Fendall garden!

05/07/2020
Civil War Medicine Garden Tour

Join us for a virtual garden tour that explores plant uses in Civil War medicine (we do not recommend these uses today!).

https://youtu.be/J7FIWpxthTc

During the American Civil War, the Lee-Fendall House served as a Union Army hospital. Join us in our garden as we explore some of the plants and shrubs that ...

There’s still time! We look forward to re-opening our doors as soon as we can do so safely and responsibly. Your support...
05/05/2020

There’s still time! We look forward to re-opening our doors as soon as we can do so safely and responsibly. Your support today helps make possible a summer and fall full of programming and preservation work.

Today is the day! Will you help Lee-Fendall celebrate #PreservationMonth and our 235 years of history by hosting your own #GivingTuesdayNow Facebook fundraiser for us? Start a post and click the "Support Nonprofit" button, or head to the Fundraisers page on the left-hand sidebar - and you can help us reach many more people than we would on our own. Thank you for being part of our story.

Today is the day! Will you help Lee-Fendall celebrate #PreservationMonth and our 235 years of history by hosting your ow...
05/05/2020

Today is the day! Will you help Lee-Fendall celebrate #PreservationMonth and our 235 years of history by hosting your own #GivingTuesdayNow Facebook fundraiser for us? Start a post and click the "Support Nonprofit" button, or head to the Fundraisers page on the left-hand sidebar - and you can help us reach many more people than we would on our own. Thank you for being part of our story.

Tomorrow is a special Giving Tuesday - but at Lee-Fendall House, we just want your Facebook status! Will you consider ho...
05/04/2020

Tomorrow is a special Giving Tuesday - but at Lee-Fendall House, we just want your Facebook status! Will you consider hosting your own virtual fundraiser for us, helping us reach many more people we can on our own?

There are two ways to do this: start a regular post and click the "Support Nonprofit" button at the bottom, or visit the Fundraisers tool on the left-hand sidebar of the main page.

Share with friends why you 💙 Lee-Fendall House, a story from our history that resonates with you, or your best photo taken here. Set a personal fundraising goal for the day, week, or month, share your post – and be a part of preserving and sharing Alexandria's history!

05/04/2020
Stories from the Past - The Little House

Did you know that when the Lee-Fendall House was built in 1785, it was located on the outskirts of Alexandria? This house watched the city grow and change around it, not unlike the house featured in today’s story time. The Little House is one of our favorite children’s books, especially as we celebrate #PreservationMonth.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, published by HMH Books for Young Readers (April 26, 1978)

https://youtu.be/7wqpI7GRMiE

Did you know that when the Lee-Fendall House was built in 1785, it was located on the outskirts of Alexandria? This house watched the city grow and change ar...

May is Historic Preservation Month and we will be sharing some exciting virtual content throughout the month. Join us fo...
05/01/2020

May is Historic Preservation Month and we will be sharing some exciting virtual content throughout the month. Join us for story times, garden programming, and a special behind the scenes architecture tour of the house! Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details.

The Lee-Fendall House around 1915 (photo from the Library of Congress) and today!

#ThisPlaceMatters

Feeling PUZZLED about how to spend your time? How about a springtime image of Lee-Fendall House? These 500-piece puzzles...
04/29/2020

Feeling PUZZLED about how to spend your time? How about a springtime image of Lee-Fendall House? These 500-piece puzzles are $18, and all proceeds support our preservation and education work. Message us on Facebook, email [email protected], or call (703)548-1789 to place your order and arrange for contactless pickup, local delivery (within 1 mile of the museum), or shipping (at cost).

04/28/2020
Menokin: Re-Imagining A Ruin

An afternoon #TuesdayToast to Menokin: Re-Imagining A Ruin for sharing your beautiful and historic landscape not only with your community (#WalkMenokin) but with everyone sheltering at home across Virginia!

Tag a museum whose work you admire with a #TuesdayToast!

Your Sunday #MuseumMomentOfZen: a breezy day makes the river splash against the shore. You can hear the wind too, as it blows through the plants in the sand. We hope you feel well-rested today as we start the last week of April.

Our next #TuesdayToast goes out to the Hunter House Victorian Museum. We love the creative virtual programming you have ...
04/28/2020

Our next #TuesdayToast goes out to the Hunter House Victorian Museum. We love the creative virtual programming you have been offering. Keep up the good work!

Tag a museum whose work you admire!

Our first #TuesdayToast goes out to our friends at Historic Alexandria, VA and Carlyle House Historic Park! Cheers to al...
04/28/2020

Our first #TuesdayToast goes out to our friends at Historic Alexandria, VA and Carlyle House Historic Park! Cheers to all the great work you’ve been doing bringing Alexandria history and culture to people at home. Tag a museum whose work you admire with a #TuesdayToast!

This wonderful idea comes from the talented people of Gunston Hall. 🥂

04/27/2020
Stories from the Past - You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!

Amelia Bloomer was an early advocate for women's rights. She is most remembered today for creating an early style of pants that allowed women greater freedom of movement than the heavy skirts that women were expected to wear. Today, we are going to hear about this story from our volunteer, Abigail...

https://youtu.be/THqUuJYbaDA

Amelia Bloomer was an early advocate for women's rights. She is most remembered today for creating an early style of pants that allowed women greater freedom...

Shopping through Amazon more lately? Your purchases can help support the Lee-Fendall House! Visit smile.amazon.com at th...
04/24/2020

Shopping through Amazon more lately? Your purchases can help support the Lee-Fendall House! Visit smile.amazon.com at the start of your shopping trip and set Lee-Fendall House as your preferred charity. (We are officially registered under the name Virginia Trust for Historic Preservation.) A percentage of every purchase will come back to Lee-Fendall, making possible our ongoing historic preservation and educational efforts.

Happy Earth Day! 🌎☀️🌺🌳🐝🐿
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!

🌎☀️🌺🌳🐝🐿

Address

614 Oronoco St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(703) 548-1789

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The Lee-Fendall House: Discover Our Shared History

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden interprets American history through the experiences of the people who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. Through tours, special programs, and exhibits we discover our shared history as a community and as a nation. Join us.


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Discover the forgotten stories of teetotalers and bootleggers on our walking tour of Prohibition-era Alexandria this Saturday, October 5! Learn about the dramatic campaign to ban alcohol in Virginia which threatened a long, local tradition of alcohol production and sale. The tour begins at 10 AM at the Lee-Fendall House, home to the Downham family, some of the city's most prominent liquor dealers. Tickets are $10.
Loving my Lee-Fendall ornament! Looks so nice on my tree 😊🎄
Rhiannon Giddens with a reproduction of an original model of a Banjo that was developed by Slaves, singing the Tale of a Slave Girl who is about to flee with the Arrival of Union Troops.
Hello, I am from Washington State and while shopping at a Goodwill store, my boyfriend and I found several old copies of Orient from 1955. On the cover was stamped the name "Bill Fendall". I found this page after a Google search and wanted to share this info. Since Bill resided in Oregon, we thought these might well have belonged to him. Please let me know if you have any interest in these, as I will happily send them to you for your collection. My apologies for the blurry picture, but you can read his name there stamped in red.