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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Happy Halloween! It’s our last night of #GriefandGhosts. Do you have a spooky photo you’ve snapped here this year or in ...
11/01/2020

Happy Halloween! It’s our last night of #GriefandGhosts. Do you have a spooky photo you’ve snapped here this year or in the past? Share it in the comments or tag us!

Tune in to Fox 5 DC this evening to see a preview of our Grief and Ghost Tours!
10/29/2020

Tune in to Fox 5 DC this evening to see a preview of our Grief and Ghost Tours!

Spooky things happening at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden for Halloween & I’m there tonight Fox 5 DC 6pm with all the “Grief and Ghost” details so Tune In!!

Thanks to everyone who came out today for our spooky (and socially distanced) Fall Frolic event! We had a lot of fun! 🎃👻...
10/24/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out today for our spooky (and socially distanced) Fall Frolic event! We had a lot of fun! 🎃👻

#leefendallhouse #community #museum #halloween

Light-Horse Harry Lee is ready for our Grief and Ghosts candlelit tours...are you? 👻☠️😱
10/23/2020

Light-Horse Harry Lee is ready for our Grief and Ghosts candlelit tours...are you? 👻☠️😱

It’s Homeschool Day and we are learning all about archaeology with our friends from Alexandria Archaeology Museum!
10/16/2020

It’s Homeschool Day and we are learning all about archaeology with our friends from Alexandria Archaeology Museum!

Spaces are filling up for our popular annual #GriefandGhosts tour - each tour slot is limited to just ten people (with m...
10/15/2020

Spaces are filling up for our popular annual #GriefandGhosts tour - each tour slot is limited to just ten people (with masks required) - but we have plenty of availability for Halloween night! 👻😱 Don’t miss your chance to see the house by candlelight while learning about how its Victorian-era owners approached topics like death and spirituality. Guides will also share some of their own personal stories of spooky happenings on the property! Visit leefendallhouse.eventbrite.com to book today.

Today and tomorrow, Amazon is hosting Prime Days. Planning to make a purchase? Start your shopping trip at smile.amazon....
10/13/2020

Today and tomorrow, Amazon is hosting Prime Days. Planning to make a purchase? Start your shopping trip at smile.amazon.com and set your preferred charity at the Virginia Trust for Historic Preservation (our legal registered name). We’ll receive a percentage of your purchase price to support our work!

“A view of this enkindled my patriotism more than the best speech on the Union could have done … Who would not fight, de...
10/10/2020

“A view of this enkindled my patriotism more than the best speech on the Union could have done … Who would not fight, desperately if need be, rather than have this monument of our National greatness, fall into the hands of an insurgent power?” Soldier and war correspondent Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vermont Regiment, 1st Vermont Brigade penned these patriotic words while observing the US Capitol from the Alexandria Wharf on May 23, 1862. Learn more about the people who experienced the Civil War in Alexandria on our upcoming walking tour. The tour starts at the Lee-Fendall House on Saturday, October 24th at 9:00 AM, and ends at the Potomac River waterfront. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-battlefield-a-civil-war-walking-tour-of-alexandria-tickets-110995277864

The image above is a detail from an 1862 sketch by Alfred R. Waud and depicts the same view Fisk described while standing on the Alexandria shore. The original sketch is in the collection of the Library of Congress.

October is Virginia Archaeology Month and we are so excited to be teaming up with staff from the Alexandria Archaeology ...
10/08/2020

October is Virginia Archaeology Month and we are so excited to be teaming up with staff from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum to present our fall Homeschool Day program on October 16th. This program has already sold out but you can check out their online educational activities & videos or plan for a visit to the museum!

https://www.alexandriava.gov/Archaeology

We are down to the last 24 hours for our online silent auction! Head to 32auctions.com/leefendallhouse to help sustain L...
10/02/2020

We are down to the last 24 hours for our online silent auction! Head to 32auctions.com/leefendallhouse to help sustain Lee-Fendall's work while getting a head start on your holiday shopping or taking home a piece of our history.

Phantom bells, whispers on the stairs... if it’s October, it’s almost time for our candlelit Grief & Ghosts tours. Put s...
10/01/2020

Phantom bells, whispers on the stairs... if it’s October, it’s almost time for our candlelit Grief & Ghosts tours. Put some SPIRIT 👻 into your fall and make plans to join us on October 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st. Group sizes will be limited to 10, with social distancing and face masks required. Head to leefendallhouse.eventbrite.com to book today.

Less than 4️⃣8️⃣ hours are left to bid on handmade items, antiques, private tours, and virtual experiences in our online...
10/01/2020
Lee-Fendall Silent Auction

Less than 4️⃣8️⃣ hours are left to bid on handmade items, antiques, private tours, and virtual experiences in our online silent auction! Your bid provides vital support for Lee-Fendall's work as we preserve this 235-year-old home as a living textbook of Alexandria's history.

Silent auction 'Lee-Fendall Silent Auction' hosted online at 32auctions.

5️⃣ days left to support our work through our online auction! Gather your friends and join an exclusive, private virtual...
09/29/2020

5️⃣ days left to support our work through our online auction! Gather your friends and join an exclusive, private virtual book club with New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig! Plus, enjoy a gift of your own copies of their award-winning books, including their latest collaboration, All the Ways We Said Goodbye (2020). Place your bids at 32auctions.com/leefendallhouse

Six days left to support our work by bidding in our online silent auction! Today we'd like to introduce you to the work ...
09/28/2020

Six days left to support our work by bidding in our online silent auction! Today we'd like to introduce you to the work of Carter Refo, a longtime Lee-Fendall board member and gifted woodworker. Carter contributed four items to the auction: a set of waterfall tables, a whiskey flight board, a cheeseboard, and a squirrel feeder. The whiskey flight and cheeseboard are both crafted from the 170-year old black walnut tree that still stands in the Lee-Fendall garden. Place your bids through noon Saturday at 32auctions.com/leefendallhouse

At this Thursday’s storytime, we will learn how the Lee-Fendall House and another more famous White House, were both bui...
09/28/2020

At this Thursday’s storytime, we will learn how the Lee-Fendall House and another more famous White House, were both built by enslaved craftsmen.

All activities will take place outdoors with limited on-site slots. All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. Parents/chaperones are free of charge. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-117049601509

Thank you to everyone who took part in our all-virtual Sips & Secrets last night! Check out our costume contest particip...
09/27/2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in our all-virtual Sips & Secrets last night! Check out our costume contest participants - we loved seeing everyone’s 1920s style, and from mixing a Scofflaw with King's Ransom 🥂 to dancing with Fidgety Feet 💃 to virtual touring, we had a great time, and hope you did too! Your ticket purchases will also help sustain our historic preservation and education efforts throughout the rest of this year. And it’s not to late to support our work - check out our online auction at 32auctions.com/LeeFendallHouse.

We are overwhelmed by all of the support we've received for this weekend's Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night ...
09/23/2020

We are overwhelmed by all of the support we've received for this weekend's Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night - and today, we're kicking off another way that you can help us continue to carry out our mission!

Our online silent auction is LIVE NOW and features antiques, private tours, unique hand-crafted pieces, a private book club with New York Times-bestselling authors, and more. Visit 32auctions.com/LeeFendallHouse now through noon on Saturday, October 3rd to place your bid. You can also still grab one of our last few Sips & Secrets tickets at Eventbrite and join us online for a night of cocktail-making, Charleston dancing, and virtual touring!

At this Thursday’s storytime we’ll be learning about the transition from carriages to cars! All activities will take pla...
09/21/2020

At this Thursday’s storytime we’ll be learning about the transition from carriages to cars!

All activities will take place outdoors with limited on-site slots. All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. Parents/chaperones are free of charge. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-117049601509

What does this spooky, shadowy basement tell us about the Downham family, who supplied Alexandria with rye whiskey from ...
09/18/2020

What does this spooky, shadowy basement tell us about the Downham family, who supplied Alexandria with rye whiskey from their distillery and other spirits - until Prohibition shut them down? Find out next weekend during Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night with a special online tour. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, and wearing your 1920s best, while supporting historic preservation at Lee-Fendall!

Your support is key to making our virtual speakeasy night a success! We’ll kick the party off learning to make a fabulou...
09/16/2020

Your support is key to making our virtual speakeasy night a success! We’ll kick the party off learning to make a fabulous 1920s cocktail with King's Ransom. Purchase a Bootlegger ticket and receive a custom-made grenadine for your cocktail as well as a souvenir glass. Get your tickets today at our Eventbrite page.

09/14/2020
It's almost here!

Get your flapper dresses, dancing shoes, and cocktail shakers ready - Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night is just 12 DAYS AWAY! Do you have your tickets yet? Get them at the link in the comments - remember that you can join us from anywhere in the country and that a portion of every ticket is tax-deductible!

This Thursday, September 17th is Constitution and Citizenship Day. Join us for a safe and educational story time program...
09/13/2020

This Thursday, September 17th is Constitution and Citizenship Day. Join us for a safe and educational story time program for children!

All activities will take place outdoors with limited on-site slots. All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. Parents/chaperones are free of charge. Register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-117049601509
#ConstitutionDay #CitizenshipDay

Excitement is building for our virtual speakeasy night, which is just two weeks away! Check out this article from our fr...
09/12/2020
Sips and Secrets: A Speakeasy Night

Excitement is building for our virtual speakeasy night, which is just two weeks away! Check out this article from our friends at Alexandria Living Magazine, then get your tickets to join us from home for a night of 1920s fun that includes cocktails with King's Ransom and dancing with Fidgety Feet!

Sips and Secrets: A Speakeasy Night Sep. 26, 2020 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Lee-Fendall House 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Jan. 02, 2020 8:02 p.m. Print × Expand 2020 S&S Logo (2160x1080px) Due to concern for guests and volunteers, Lee-Fendall House Museum is taking their fifth annu...

Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night may look a little different this year, but we've planned for a night that w...
09/08/2020

Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night may look a little different this year, but we've planned for a night that we think will be just as exciting - and from the comfort of your living room! We're just a few weeks away, so reserve your ticket today at the link in the comments and then watch your email for the password to our online speakeasy.

We are looking forward to this Thursday’s storytime about the inspiring life and art of Harriet Powers.All activities wi...
09/06/2020

We are looking forward to this Thursday’s storytime about the inspiring life and art of Harriet Powers.

All activities will take place outdoors with limited on-site slots. All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. Parents/chaperones are free of charge. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lee-fendall-house-museum-amp-garden-2942565777

#nationalreadabookday

Support local history & historic preservation while enjoying a cocktail, a dance, and a tour - all from the comfort of y...
09/04/2020
Sips & Secrets: A (Virtual!) Speakeasy Night

Support local history & historic preservation while enjoying a cocktail, a dance, and a tour - all from the comfort of your living room.

Celebrate safely with Lee-Fendall House as we host our fifth annual speakeasy fundraiser. This year, the party is all online!

This Thursday morning’s storytime will honor Labor Day and our connection to United Mine Worker’s president John L. Lewi...
09/01/2020

This Thursday morning’s storytime will honor Labor Day and our connection to United Mine Worker’s president John L. Lewis.

All activities will take place outdoors with limited on-site slots. All on-site craft materials will be sanitized and individually packaged for each child. Museum staff will be following all recommended health guidelines, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Virtual participants will be provided with a link to access the event as well as templates and supply lists for each craft/activity. $7 per on-site participant, $3 for virtual participation. Parents/chaperones are free of charge. Register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-past-tickets-117049601509.

We are less than four weeks out from our annual speakeasy celebration! Head to our Eventbrite page and get your ticket s...
08/31/2020

We are less than four weeks out from our annual speakeasy celebration! Head to our Eventbrite page and get your ticket so you can join us online for this special evening.

Join us this afternoon for our tour “Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free African Americans at Lee-Fendall.” We are on...
08/29/2020

Join us this afternoon for our tour “Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free African Americans at Lee-Fendall.” We are only allowing limited attendance. Face masks required.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/under-the-same-roof-enslaved-and-free-servants-at-the-lee-fendall-house-tickets-111445695074

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

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 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.