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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Meet our January intern! “My name is Isabella Meier and I am an Archaeology Major and a Classical Studies Minor at Rando...
01/19/2020

Meet our January intern!

“My name is Isabella Meier and I am an Archaeology Major and a Classical Studies Minor at Randolph-Macon College, set to graduate this May. I'm from Vienna, Virginia and have always had a strong interest in history and a love of museums. This led me to the Lee-Fendall House Museum were I am currently a collections intern. I love learning the ins and outs of collections and archives management. I feel as though my internship has pushed me towards a job that I hadn't considered before and has been an amazing experience so far. One of the best things about my job is the everyday humor that I find in some of the documents. For example, I found a vegetable themed Valentine's Day card from 1907. It depicted a child with a vegetable head and a terrible vegetable pun. I still think it is one of the funniest and most horrifying things I have ever seen.”

Find out more about internships at the Lee-Fendall House at http://www.leefendallhouse.org/?page_id=2333

Thank you to American Spirit Magazine and Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters for featuring us!
01/15/2020

Thank you to American Spirit Magazine and Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters for featuring us!

Since 2001, we've featured the important homes of our nation’s founders and first settlers in a department called Historic Homes. In the January/February 2020 issue, we shine a light on the stately Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden in Alexandria, Va. For almost 130 years, the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden was home to the Fendall branch of the prominent Lee family, built by Philip Fendall in 1784/85. The Fendall home boasted several popular guests through the years, but perhaps none so famous as George Washington—he dined there a total of seven times and counted Philip as a close friend.
Today the house is open for tours and hosts several events and lectures throughout the year: http://www.leefendallhouse.org/. Have you visited the Lee-Fendall House?
#placematters #historichome

Did you know that the Lee-Fendall House was the site of the first documented blood transfusion of the American Civil War...
01/09/2020

Did you know that the Lee-Fendall House was the site of the first documented blood transfusion of the American Civil War? The house served as a Union hospital from 1863 to 1865. This new exhibit panel hangs in the north parlor and tells the story behind the transfusion.

This exhibit panel was designed by last summer’s education intern, Sheridan Small. Interested in a summer internship at Lee-Fendall? Head to our website for more information on how to apply!
http://www.leefendallhouse.org/?page_id=2333

Join us next Saturday at 2:00 PM for a special tour that takes you from the basement to the attic into parts of the hous...
01/04/2020

Join us next Saturday at 2:00 PM for a special tour that takes you from the basement to the attic into parts of the house that are not open to the public! On our tour “Stories in the Architecture” you’ll discover how changes in style and home technology have left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House over the years. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-fendall-house-museum-amp-garden-2942565777

And just like that, the 20s have come back around - but at Lee-Fendall House, 2020 marks our fifth year of dancing the C...
01/02/2020

And just like that, the 20s have come back around - but at Lee-Fendall House, 2020 marks our fifth year of dancing the Charleston and sipping champagne cocktails in the garden! Save the date for our annual speakeasy fundraiser - more details will be coming soon.

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to visit more museums and cultural sites? Then start out the year with a visit to ...
12/31/2019
Another Benefit to Going to Museums? You May Live Longer

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to visit more museums and cultural sites? Then start out the year with a visit to the Lee-Fendall House, we’ll be open on New Year’s Day. You might even live a little longer!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/us/arts-health-effects-ucl-study.amp.html

Researchers in Britain found that people who go to museums, the theater and the opera were less likely to die in the study period than those who didn’t.

Are you or a family member part of the Daughters of the American Revolution? We're excited to be featured in the Februar...
12/31/2019

Are you or a family member part of the Daughters of the American Revolution? We're excited to be featured in the February issue of their flagship publication, American Spirit Magazine!

Are you excited for the New Year? So are we! The 2020 editorial calendar is full of fantastic articles, and the first issue of this new decade will focus on architecture, featuring both iconic American bridges and the White House; spotlight Hannah Till, personal chef to George Washington; and we’ll spend some time exploring the Ozark Mountains.
Have you subscribed to American Spirit magazine? You don’t want to miss an issue of our beautifully designed, award-winning publication. To subscribe, visit our SHOP tab, go to www.dar.org/subscribe, or call our toll-free number at 1-866-327-6242.

We are open for tours today and all weekend long! Stop by with your family and friends to discover some local history!
12/27/2019

We are open for tours today and all weekend long! Stop by with your family and friends to discover some local history!

From the Lee-Fendall House Museum family to yours - wishing our members and friends a joyful holiday.
12/24/2019

From the Lee-Fendall House Museum family to yours - wishing our members and friends a joyful holiday.

Hunting for that last-minute gift for the history lover in your life? Skip the lines at the mall and give a gift members...
12/23/2019
» Membership Lee Fendall House

Hunting for that last-minute gift for the history lover in your life? Skip the lines at the mall and give a gift membership to the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden!

All memberships include a year of free admission for one or more people, free or reduced-price tickets to walking tours and special programs, priority admission to our fall speakeasy party, and other fun benefits. We have a great year planned - give a gift membership and let your friends and family be a part of our history.

Membership The best way to support the Lee-Fendall House is by becoming a member.  Your membership ensures we can keep moving forward and continue to share the stories of this house and the people who have lived and worked here. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that your support advances ...

Diane, who attended one of our kissing ball workshops earlier this month shared with us this photo of her creation hangi...
12/21/2019

Diane, who attended one of our kissing ball workshops earlier this month shared with us this photo of her creation hanging at her beautifully restored historic home in Petersburg, Virginia. It looks amazing! To find out more about historic preservation efforts in Petersburg visit https://camfound.org/news/poplar-lawn-partners-plan-ugly-house-next-door.

Thanks to our friends at the Hunter House Victorian Museum for sharing this article. At Lee-Fendall, we’ve loved sharing...
12/20/2019
Hunter House Victorian Museum

Thanks to our friends at the Hunter House Victorian Museum for sharing this article. At Lee-Fendall, we’ve loved sharing the delights of a Victorian Christmas with you — but our real mission, to share the stories of those who have lived and worked on the property and connect those stories to today, goes on.

As this article describes, the most famous of Victorian Christmas stories was heavily influenced by reports on child labor. A century later, Lee-Fendall’s last resident owner fought to end child labor in the coal mines. Stop by during the holiday break or in the new year to learn more.

176 years ago today, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens was published. It sold out in 5 days by Christmas Eve! This work by Dickens is probably one of the most well-known Christmas tales around. In fact, this book has never been out of print. Dickens wrote this book in less than two months. What many may not know is that this book was written after Dickens read a report on child labor in the United Kingdom.
https://time.com/4597964/history-charles-dickens-christmas-carol/

12/16/2019

On this #MusicMonday, we want to say a big thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend for #VictorianChristmas and #YuletideByCandlelight!

We are open this week Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1-4pm, so bring the family by to check out our decorations and pick up some last-minute gifts in our museum shop.

Last chance to buy online! Tickets for tonight’s Yuletide by Candlelight tours will be available at Eventbrite until 4pm...
12/14/2019
Yuletide by Candlelight

Last chance to buy online! Tickets for tonight’s Yuletide by Candlelight tours will be available at Eventbrite until 4pm - but will be sold at the door at participating sites, including Lee-Fendall, Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Experience the holiday season with festive activities and fare at historic sites throughout Alexandria! Discover Alexandria's holiday traditions through the centuries Dance in the ballroom at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Warm yourself by the fire at Carlyle House Make a Victorian keepsake at Lee-Fendall...

Thanks to The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA for featuring both Yuletide by Candlelight and A Victorian Chris...
12/12/2019
Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Thanks to The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA for featuring both Yuletide by Candlelight and A Victorian Christmas! Are you joining us this weekend to put a little history in your holidays?

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

Make plans to join us for our holiday celebrations this weekend! On Saturday & Sunday join us at our holiday open house,...
12/11/2019

Make plans to join us for our holiday celebrations this weekend! On Saturday & Sunday join us at our holiday open house, A Victorian Christmas,
with special activities, tours, and an appearance by Santa! In the evening on Saturday be transported to celebrations past at Yuletide by Candlelight. Reserve your tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-fendall-house-museum-amp-garden-2942565777.

December is a great time to bring family and friends to visit the Lee-Fendall House! If you can’t make it to one of our ...
12/06/2019

December is a great time to bring family and friends to visit the Lee-Fendall House! If you can’t make it to one of our special programs, come by for a regular tour and see the house decked out for the holidays. Our special holiday exhibit “The Golden Age of Toys, 1870-1920” is also on view through January 5th.

12/03/2019
For the next generation

Last year, we were lucky to have Mackenzie join our team as an education intern while she worked on her master's degree in museum studies at George Washington University.

During her internship, Mackenzie designed and launched an innovative field trip program for Alexandria students, helping them to understand the many different experiences that Alexandrians had during the Civil War and Reconstruction - while learning to use primary-source documents and support their ideas with evidence.

On this #GivingTuesday, we're asking our friends to help us raise $3,000 to kick off a new year of programming - including both immersive educational experiences like Mackenzie's field trip program, and internship opportunities to bring more talented young museum professionals to work with us.

Every dollar donated today, up to $1,000, will be matched by one of our board members, doubling the impact of your gift. We hope you'll support us today in sharing our history with the next generation by donating through Facebook or at this link: https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/story/Ywtq6f

Lee-Fendall House was lived in as a family home for almost 200 years, from 1785 to 1969 - from before the Constitution w...
12/03/2019

Lee-Fendall House was lived in as a family home for almost 200 years, from 1785 to 1969 - from before the Constitution was written to the Space Age. This means that we can tell a broad, sweeping story, one that encompasses challenges and changes for Alexandria and the nation. Our story shows how life has changed over the centuries, and how it hasn't.

On this #GivingTuesday, our goal is to raise $3,000 to continue telling these stories in 2020, through new house and walking tours and exhibits, ongoing restoration work throughout the property, and special programs that make history come alive.

Every dollar donated today, up to $1,000, will be matched by one of our board members, doubling the impact of your gift. Please join us today in continuing to tell Lee-Fendall's, Alexandria's, and the nation's story.

12/02/2019
Eman's story

For one of our volunteers, leading tours at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden is like being on her own film set. Watch Eman's video to learn more, and then donate early to help us reach our #GivingTuesday goal at https://givingtuesday.mightycause.com/story/Ywtq6f

For Lee-Fendall volunteer Eman Mahmoud, an award-winning filmmaker, every day at the house is like being on set. Watch her video to learn more and then suppo...

12/02/2019
Roger's Story

It may be cold and gray outside, but Lee-Fendall's half acre of urban green space and certified wildlife habitat is open to the public all year round. Learn more from our all-star volunteer Roger Monthey, and support his work in the garden this #GivingTuesday

Our volunteers and staff were busy decorating the house today! We can’t wait to see you tomorrow afternoon for tours and...
12/01/2019

Our volunteers and staff were busy decorating the house today! We can’t wait to see you tomorrow afternoon for tours and Museum Store Sunday!

We only have a few spots left at our Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop this Thursday evening. Join us to make your own tradi...
11/29/2019
Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop

We only have a few spots left at our Holiday Kissing Ball Workshop this Thursday evening. Join us to make your own traditional kissing ball using boxwood from the Lee-Fendall garden! Register below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-kissing-ball-workshop-tickets-79975513915

Learn how to create your own traditional holiday kissing ball in these hands-on workshops using fresh boxwood from the Lee-Fendall's own garden! The cost to particpate is $20 per person. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop. One workshop will be held on Thursd...

We are open all weekend for tours, stop by with your family & friends!
11/29/2019

We are open all weekend for tours, stop by with your family & friends!

Everyone on your Christmas list wants tickets to Yuletide by Candlelight! Join us for Alexandria’s most magical and fest...
11/29/2019
Holiday Yuletide by Candlelight Event Coming to Alexandria Next Month

Everyone on your Christmas list wants tickets to Yuletide by Candlelight! Join us for Alexandria’s most magical and festive night of the year. 🎄🎅🏻🕯

Four historical sites around Old Town and beyond will participate in this year's Yuletide by Candlelight event. The holiday event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5-9 p.m. Tickets start at $8 for children, $25 for seniors, and $30 for adults. Beginning at 5 p.m., participants can explo

11/27/2019
Thankful for local history - and for you

There's so much we're grateful for this year at Lee-Fendall House.

We're grateful for the introduction of new field trip programs and our Hands-On-History Day, which bring Alexandria's kids to the house to learn about and engage with the past.

We're grateful for the success of The New Woman, a new exhibit which shared the stories of some of Lee-Fendall's fascinating women.

We're grateful for the work we were able to complete this year to repair and restore the house's historic 1785 foundations.

We're grateful for our staff and volunteers who make all this work go.

And we're grateful to you, our members and friends, for making it all possible with your support.

11/25/2019
Telling Stories This Giving Tuesday

Lee-Fendall House is full of stories - from our 200 years of history as a family home, and from the many people for whom preserving this property and sharing its history is a labor of love today. This year, we're taking the opportunity to share some of them ahead of #GivingTuesday, an annual day of charitable giving to kick off the holiday season.

To kick it off, we'd like you to meet Dianne, one of our longest-serving volunteers, as she shares why the house's history matters so much to her. Keep an eye here through Tuesday, December 3rd as more of our volunteers, staff, and board members share their own stories.

Want to help? Comment with your own Lee-Fendall story and we might feature you! You can also support our Giving Tuesday campaign early - every dollar raised up to $1,000 will be matched by a friend of the museum, doubling the impact of your gift and helping us kick off 2020 strong with new tours, programs, and opportunities to engage with our history.

Our weekend of holiday festivities is only three weeks away! Starting with A Victorian Christmas on December 14 &15, a f...
11/23/2019

Our weekend of holiday festivities is only three weeks away! Starting with A Victorian Christmas on December 14 &15, a fun and festive experience for the whole family with a special appearance by Santa! On the evening of December 14 we'll be joining our friends at Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum for a step back in time for Yuletide by Candlelight. Purchase your tickets online, over the phone, or in person!
703-548-1789
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-fendall-house-museum-amp-garden-2942565777

We’ll be decorating the house for the holidays next weekend. Want to bring some traditional greenery home with you? Join...
11/21/2019

We’ll be decorating the house for the holidays next weekend. Want to bring some traditional greenery home with you? Join us for one of our holiday kissing ball workshops on December 5 or 8 and make your own kissing ball out of boxwood from the Lee-Fendall garden. Space is limited to 10 participants so register early! More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-kissing-ball-workshop-tickets-79975513915.

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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

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(703) 548-1789

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