The Museum will close at 1:00 PM today, Wednesday May 31st

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Sundays 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Tours run every hour (Admission charged)

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.


Check out our full Calendar of Events here!

Summer 2023

JUNE 3 – 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. 

Trivia Nights at Historic SitesEvery Other Friday Night, June through August, 7:00 PM

Join us all summer to test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history! Trivia nights will start on June 9 and take place every other Friday at 7 PM from June-August.

JUNE 10 – Beyond the Battlefield: A Civil War Walking Tour of Alexandria, 10:00 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.

JUNE 10 – Historic Cemetery Tours, 1:00 PM

Join staff from the Presbyterian Cemetery and the Lee-Fendall House Museum for a tour of one of Alexandria’s most fascinating places. Hear stories of Alexandrian’s who shaped the city we live in today and whose lives were sometimes stranger than fiction.

Under the Same Roof: Enslaved and Free Workers at Lee-Fendall House – June 17th, July 15th, and August 19th, 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.

JUNE 24 – Civil War Hospital Tour, 2:00 PM

Learn about how the Lee-Fendall House was confiscated during the Civil War and operated as a Union Army hospital. Explore what life was like in Union-occupied Alexandria, how the Lee-Fendall House witnessed medical history, and how political divisions impacted those living here.

Storytime at the Museum, Saturdays July 8th to August 26th, 10:30 AM

Join us for a story, a craft and a special tour of the museum designed for young learners every Saturday morning throughout the summer! Storytime is aimed at introducing young learners ages 3-6 to concepts of history, art and science, but children of all ages are welcome! Parents/Chaperones must be present with children at all times.

JULY 15 – Civil War History in the Garden Tour, 10:00 AM

Sit in the shade of the Lee-Fendall garden and learn how the American Civil War impacted soldiers and civilians in Alexandria. During the war, African American refugees from slavery sought freedom in the city while Confederate sympathizers fled. Alexandria served as a major supply and staging area for the Union Army as well as a medical center.


Floriography in the Victorian Era

April 9 – August 30, 2023

Learn how the Victorians used flowers to send messages of love, empathy, and even disinterest to each other at our new spring exhibit “Floriography in the Victorian Era”.

Look out for informative signs placed next to flowers planted all around our garden and discover this intriguing secret language!

John L. Lewis: Public Figure, Private Man


This exhibit examines the life and legacy of John L. Lewis, one of America’s most powerful, innovative, and controversial labor leaders and the long-serving president of the United Mine Workers of America. Lewis lived in the Lee-Fendall House with his family from 1937 until 1969, during the height of his career in the labor movement. Entrance to the exhibit is free with general admission.

Visit our social media pages – including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter – for posts and videos that bring Lee-Fendall’s history and programming straight to you!

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 their mark on the home, from when it was built in 1785 through its continued use in the twentieth century.
Take a tour of the Lee-Fendall garden with Roger and learn about the importance of plants and trees in Civil War medicine.
Listen as we share some of the stories of the enslaved and free African Americans who left their mark on the Lee-Fendall House.