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.

This image shows one of Lee-Fendall’s four-legged residents. Throughout history, people have enjoyed the company of th...
06/23/2019

This image shows one of Lee-Fendall’s four-legged residents. Throughout history, people have enjoyed the company of their furry and feathered friends. Do you have any pets? Join us this Thursday to learn about some of the animals that have lived at the Lee-Fendall House, listen to a story, and make a craft to take home! Reserve your child’s spot by clicking link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319

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Bring the whole family on Saturday, July 13 for our special Hands-on History event! We’ll be exploring the delicious h...
06/21/2019

Bring the whole family on Saturday, July 13 for our special Hands-on History event! We’ll be exploring the delicious history of ice cream. Try your hand at making ice cream the old fashioned way and enjoy a taste. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-history-day-ice-cream-tickets-63150296236

The photograph above depicts a family enjoying ice cream at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

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06/20/2019

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We are now on VAMONDE! This travel site/app allows you to experience the stories behind the places around you. Check out...
06/19/2019
The Lee-Fendall House

We are now on VAMONDE! This travel site/app allows you to experience the stories behind the places around you. Check out our feature of some of the fascinating people that shaped the Lee-Fendall House throughout its history!

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History - The Lee-Fendall House, Discover three centuries of Virginia and American history at the Lee-Fendall House Museum. Located in historic Alexandria, the museum interprets the experiences of the people who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. Explore the stories of everyone who....

When the Lee-Fendall House was built, many people depended on their own gardens and farms for fresh fruits and vegetable...
06/17/2019

When the Lee-Fendall House was built, many people depended on their own gardens and farms for fresh fruits and vegetables. Now we get most of our food from grocery stores and value gardens more for the beauty they provide. During story time this Thursday we will take a look at the history of gardening! Register at link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319

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Maude Downham married Benjamin Aitcheson in 1907. In this photograph, taken a little over a year later in the garden of ...
06/16/2019

Maude Downham married Benjamin Aitcheson in 1907. In this photograph, taken a little over a year later in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House, Benjamin poses with their firstborn child, Ben Jr.

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to all dads and dads-to-be!

Trivia is packed tonight!
06/15/2019

Trivia is packed tonight!

Join us tomorrow morning at 11 AM for our history story time! We will be exploring clothing from the past. Here you can ...
06/12/2019

Join us tomorrow morning at 11 AM for our history story time! We will be exploring clothing from the past. Here you can see a pair of children’s shoes from our museum collection. Register at the link below!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319

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Can you imagine having to wear six layers of clothing even in the summer? At this Thursday’s storytime we are going to...
06/09/2019

Can you imagine having to wear six layers of clothing even in the summer? At this Thursday’s storytime we are going to learn about the clothing people wore in the past. Hear the story of someone who revolutionized the way women dressed and cut out your very own paper dolls! Register at link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319

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Join us tomorrow at 2 PM for our “Women of Lee-Fendall House” tour. Discover the women who have shaped the history o...
06/07/2019

Join us tomorrow at 2 PM for our “Women of Lee-Fendall House” tour. Discover the women who have shaped the history of this place over the years and hear their stories of both loss and achievement.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-women-of-lee-fendall-house-tickets-61320985719

#leefendallhouse #women #history #tour #museum #oldtownalexandria #alexandriava #historicalexandria #WomensHistoryisAmericanHistory

06/05/2019

We have a busy few days ahead at Lee-Fendall, with something for everyone!

📘 👩‍👦‍👦TOMORROW: Bring your little historians for Stories from the Past.

🏇⚔️SATURDAY MORNING: Follow in the young Robert E. Lee's footsteps during The General's Tour: Robert E. Lee in Alexandria.

🙋‍♀️🚴‍♀️SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Meet some remarkable ladies from Alexandria's past at The Women of Lee-Fendall House.

Join us this Thursday at 11 AM!
06/04/2019

Join us this Thursday at 11 AM!

Can you imagine living without a refrigerator or electric lights? During this summer’s first story time we will explore some of the ways life was different in the past with a tour of the museum and by making a craft everyone gets to take home! Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 11 AM. Space is limited so advance registration is encouraged. Designed for ages 3-5 but children of all ages are welcome!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319#leefendallhouse #storytime #historichouse #museum #history #summer #kids #reading #books #futurehistorybuffs #oldtownalexandria #alexandriava #historicalexandria

In 1916, when state-level Prohibition came to Virginia, Lee-Fendall was home to Alexandria's liquor dealers, the Downham...
06/03/2019

In 1916, when state-level Prohibition came to Virginia, Lee-Fendall was home to Alexandria's liquor dealers, the Downham family - and they certainly enjoyed the perks of the business! In September, join us for our fourth annual Prohibition party, Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night, to support Lee-Fendall's mission and programming. Get your tickets and learn about sponsorship opportunities for Alexandria's best annual party: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sips-secrets-a-speakeasy-night-tickets-58454225161

We are looking forward to welcoming historian Ryan Cole to the Lee-Fendall House on August 10. He will be discussing his...
06/01/2019

We are looking forward to welcoming historian Ryan Cole to the Lee-Fendall House on August 10. He will be discussing his fascinating, new biography of Light-Horse Harry Lee. Looking for some summer reading? Pick up your copy at our gift shop today. Our staff highly recommend it!

This book talk is just one of many great programs we are hosting this summer. Check out our summer newsletter for a full calendar of events:

http://www.leefendallhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SUMMER2019-FINAL.pdf

#leefendallhouse #history #biography #historicalexandria #alexandriava #summer #reading

Tonight’s trivia hint is out! Hope you can join us in the garden at 7pm.
05/31/2019

Tonight’s trivia hint is out! Hope you can join us in the garden at 7pm.

For this week’s Trivia Nights at Historic Sites image round familiarize yourself with books, specifically those that have been turned into films. The minimalist images will be your only clue to the book title.

This sketch was discovered inside one of our nineteenth century book covers and we found it too charming not to share. W...
05/30/2019

This sketch was discovered inside one of our nineteenth century book covers and we found it too charming not to share. We do not know who the subject of this portrait is, but if you’d like to learn more about the lives of women at the Lee-Fendall House, join us on Saturday, June 8 at 2 PM. Our Manager of Education will be leading a special tour that looks at the lives of the women who have shaped the house over the years.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-women-of-lee-fendall-house-tickets-61320985719

#leefendallhouse #women #history #WomensHistoryisAmericanHistory #historicalexandria #historichouse #tour #books #sketch #portrait

Can you imagine living without a refrigerator or electric lights? During this summer’s first story time we will explor...
05/29/2019

Can you imagine living without a refrigerator or electric lights? During this summer’s first story time we will explore some of the ways life was different in the past with a tour of the museum and by making a craft everyone gets to take home! Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 11 AM. Space is limited so advance registration is encouraged. Designed for ages 3-5 but children of all ages are welcome!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319#leefendallhouse #storytime #historichouse #museum #history #summer #kids #reading #books #futurehistorybuffs #oldtownalexandria #alexandriava #historicalexandria

We are so excited to be starting up our history storytime program again this summer! Join us every Thursday at 11 AM sta...
05/25/2019

We are so excited to be starting up our history storytime program again this summer! Join us every Thursday at 11 AM starting on June 6. Every week will have a different theme with related crafts and activities. Space is limited so register today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-61584975319#leefendallhouse #storytime #reading #kids #history #crafts #fun #summer #alexandriava #historicalexandria #futurehistorybuffs #museum

Today we were gifted some beautiful, new garden signs to help visitors identify some of the traditional herbs that we gr...
05/24/2019

Today we were gifted some beautiful, new garden signs to help visitors identify some of the traditional herbs that we grow in our garden. Thank you for creating these for us, Kelly! #garden #community #leefendallhouse #alexandriava #herbs #historichouse

Still need plans to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend? We have two different walking tours tomorrow: our special Pillar...
05/24/2019

Still need plans to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend? We have two different walking tours tomorrow: our special Pillars to Pavers: Preservation in Alexandria tours with Carlyle House Historic Park, or returning favorite Beyond the Battlefield - A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria. Get details and tickets for both tours at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-fendall-house-museum-amp-garden-2942565777

Join the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Carlyle House Historic Park for one last day of our special Pillars to Pavers tour...
05/23/2019

Join the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Carlyle House Historic Park for one last day of our special Pillars to Pavers tour!

Tag someone you’d like to go on the tour with in the comments below and be entered to win one FREE ticket to our 2:00 PM tour this Saturday, May 25!

As National Preservation Month draws to a close, explore how Alexandria has protected its historic resources over the decades, and how the debate over preservation is still ongoing. This unique tour explores rarely-seen spaces at Lee-Fendall House and Carlyle House as well as two historic private homes.

The image below shows a view of the old vaults at Carlyle House Historic Park.

Register for the tour at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pillars-to-pavers-preservation-in-alexandria-tickets-56504543611

Memorial Day in the United States has its origins in Decoration Day, which began spontaneously in the years following th...
05/23/2019

Memorial Day in the United States has its origins in Decoration Day, which began spontaneously in the years following the Civil War as Americans dealt with the shattering loss of life by gathering together in springtime to tidy graves, place flowers, and remember the fallen.

Spend part of this weekend remembering and learning about that conflict with us during Beyond the Battlefield - A Walking Tour of Civil War Alexandria. Learn more here and make plans to meet us Saturday morning at 10am outside Lee-Fendall: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-battlefield-a-walking-tour-of-civil-war-alexandria-tickets-56249086532

Visiting us this summer for a tour, a trivia night, or a special event? Old Town Alexandria Patch has rounded up your op...
05/22/2019
Summer Metro Shutdown: 8 Alternatives To Consider In Alexandria

Visiting us this summer for a tour, a trivia night, or a special event? Old Town Alexandria Patch has rounded up your options for getting here without Metro. #VisitALX

The shutdown of six Yellow and Blue Line stations begins on May 25. Here are some alternative transportation options in Alexandria.

On the final day of MuseumWeek, we are sharing a wonderful photograph from our archive. The family of Maude Downham (sea...
05/19/2019

On the final day of MuseumWeek, we are sharing a wonderful photograph from our archive. The family of Maude Downham (seated on the ground) purchased the Lee-Fendall House in 1903. This photograph of Maude and her friends posing in the garden was taken shortly after. To discover more about what life was like for young women like Maude, check out our exhibit “The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920.” A visit to the museum would make for a great outing with some of your friends! This photograph was digitally restored for the exhibit by Rita Restores.

#friendsmw #museumweek2019 #leefendallhouse #garden #friends #historicalexandria #archive

Photograph albums were first created in the mid-nineteenth century. Because photographs were rare and highly valued, ear...
05/18/2019

Photograph albums were first created in the mid-nineteenth century. Because photographs were rare and highly valued, early albums were ornate and proudly displayed in the home. These two examples from the Lee-Fendall House collection date from later in the nineteenth century. #photomw #museumweek2019 #leefendallhouse #album #photography #history

05/17/2019

Reconstruction is one of the most complicated periods in American history. Yet it is so vital to understanding America’s continuous struggle to live up to its ideals of freedom and equality.

At the Lee-Fendall House, we are committed to helping students explore this period through our new field trip - “The War at Home: The Civil War and Its Aftermath.” Learning about Reconstruction through personal accounts, images, maps, and newspapers, our goal is to challenge students to consider the decisions people faced then and how those decisions resonate today.

To find out more about this program, contact our Manager of Education at [email protected].

#exploremw #museumweek2019 #education #history

Happy #BikeToWorkDay! Can you imagine biking to work in this outfit? For many women in the 1890s, bicycles gave them the...
05/17/2019

Happy #BikeToWorkDay! Can you imagine biking to work in this outfit? For many women in the 1890s, bicycles gave them the mobility and independence to pursue employment outside the home.

However, to be a proper lady on a bicycle there were rules to follow as this list of over 100 “Dont’s for the Woman Bicyclist” makes clear. Some of the cautions include “Don’t powder your face on the road” and “Don’t ride where a man would fear to wheel.”

The reproduction bicycling outfit is on loan from Maymont. Come see both objects in our newest exhibit “The New Woman: Life in Progressive Era Alexandria, 1890-1920.”

#leefendallhouse #history #exhibit #bicycles #WomensHistoryIsAmericanHistory

05/17/2019
Carlyle House Historic Park

Check out our first trivia hint - and join us tonight in the Lee-Fendall garden at 7pm!

This year for Trivia Nights at Historic Sites we'll be giving a hint for our image round the morning of Trivia.

Hint for today (May 17th): Familiarize yourself with historic house museums.

Loving all the colors in our garden this time of year. #leefendallhouse #garden #rainbowmw #museumweek2019
05/16/2019

Loving all the colors in our garden this time of year. #leefendallhouse #garden #rainbowmw #museumweek2019

Popular in the early 1900s, this game was best played in “lively company.” Who thinks it still sounds like fun? #pla...
05/15/2019

Popular in the early 1900s, this game was best played in “lively company.” Who thinks it still sounds like fun? #playmw #museumweek2019 #leefendallhouse #play #game

This time four months from now, we'll be dancing the Charleston and sipping "bathtub gin" at our fourth annual fundraise...
05/14/2019

This time four months from now, we'll be dancing the Charleston and sipping "bathtub gin" at our fourth annual fundraiser party, Sips & Secrets: A Speakeasy Night! Don't miss the chance to celebrate with us while supporting historic preservation and educational programming at Lee-Fendall. Details and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sips-secrets-a-speakeasy-night-tickets-58454225161

An old house has many secrets. This basement storage room in the Lee-Fendall House was added by the Downham family in th...
05/14/2019

An old house has many secrets. This basement storage room in the Lee-Fendall House was added by the Downham family in the early 20th century. It is believed the Downhams, who were liquor dealers, stockpiled alcohol here after Virginia became a dry state in 1916. Discover hidden histories and secret spaces in Alexandria on our Pillars to Pavers tour this Saturday.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pillars-to-pavers-preservation-in-alexandria-tickets-56504535587

#secretsmw #museumweek2019 #leefendallhouse #pillarstopavers

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Alexandria, VA
22314

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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

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