Lee-Fendall House

Lee-Fendall House, Alexandria: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Lee-Fendall House Reviews: 4/5

Lee-Fendall House
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Historic Sites • History Museums
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Lee-Fendall House, located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is a showcase of American history. Since its construction in 1785, the house has served as home to thirty-seven members of the Lee family, hundreds of convalescing Union soldiers during the American Civil War, Alexandria’s locally prominent Downham family, and one of our nation’s most controversial and significant 20th century labor leaders, John L. Lewis.
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GarryUK
Newbury, UK333 contributions
Excellent tour of a house steeped in history.
Oct 2019 • Couples
A must do in Alexandria. The tour takes about 45 mins to a hour and is fascinating. Every room is steeped in history as were its owners. General Robert E Lee lived here as a boy, but those who lived here before and after him are very interesting in their own right. The house is spread over 3 floors of which you can visit 2 of floors.
There is plenty of very interesting pieces of period furniture on display as well.
We throughly enjoyed it.

Written October 31, 2019
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Amber G
Inwood, WV188 contributions
Beautiful house, friendly staff
Sep 2019
We were able to tour this museum for free with Museum Day tickets from the Smithsonian. With that being said, it was a nice experience.
The house is beautiful and has many interesting rooms and pieces to look at. We were offered a map of the house upon entry along with a brief overview. Then, we were free to wander as we pleased.
The house had a little wall of souvenirs that were fair in price too!

I do wish that I could have seen the garden in bloom because at this time of year it was rather boring.
Written September 22, 2019
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Kristin R
NYC450 contributions
old house tour
May 2019 • Solo
Went to this house tour as part of my Key to the City Pass. This house is a bit more off the main drag of King Street. I took the free trolley up to the nearest stop and then walked the rest of the way.

Tours are offered at the top of the hour and last about an hour. I, unfortunately, arrived at 10 past. But, luck was in my favor and nobody had arrived for the tour so they just started a personal tour upon my arrival!

The guide was a retired man with an interest in the history of the house and the family who lived there. He was well-informed an pleasant to talk to. We explored the home, learned about the family, saw a new rotating exhibit on the women of the home, and then he showed me around the garden which he took particular pride in.

If you have time to visit this home and walking isn't an issue for you, I do recommend it.
Written May 20, 2019
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tennisev
Orlando, FL35 contributions
Centuries of interesting people lived here, notably John L. Lewis
Mar 2019 • Solo
The tour is interesting and worth the effort to see it. The docent is knowledgeable, but the history of the house is more a recitation of who has lived there. It is interesting that George Washington's funeral was planned here. As in many Alexandria homes, famous people visited here as well. I think the most powerful person who lived here was John L. Lewis, the labor leader.
The architecture of the home is interesting, but the area that one actually tours is very limited. The kitchen and area that the servants and slaves lived in are off-limits.
Written March 3, 2019
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH160 contributions
Lee-Fendall House
Sep 2018 • Couples
The house was nice and the rooms were big but it is nothing special. We had a very nice docent who took her time describing the home and the period, The only connection with Robert E. Lee however is that his father sold the land to the Fendall family.
Written October 21, 2018
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FREPLUG
Macomb, MI525 contributions
Great visit
Oct 2018 • Couples
Loving history I had to stop in and see what this place was all about. It is working history preserved and renovated over the years, mostly by the same strand of Lee family!! Amazing history and a neat old house. The 2 of us had a private tour simply because we were the only ones there! The guide was young and vibrant and knowledgable. This is a great stop for any history buff in the area and as most other stops it is cheap!
Written October 5, 2018
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Gary V
Pleasant Valley, NY199 contributions
Another site included with the City Key $$
Dec 2017 • Couples
A bit of a walk from King Street, however, the prensce of 18th century houses and all types of architecture may it seem shorter. We were met by a very accommodating tour guide tht was in the middle of a tour and let us join in. Leaarned much from his presentation. The home is part of the Robert E. Lee family as the house he grew up in is across the street.. The host gave us the first part of the tour as we missed it by joing the other group.
Written December 23, 2017
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Alistair W
Glasgow, UK296 contributions
Great History of Colonial Families
Sep 2017 • Couples
This house is a great illustration of the wealth and influence of the early, wealthy, settlers and their role in shaping the country of today. The different powerful families occupying the house were very influential in politics and trade and have many illustrious characters in their history, not least General Lee who spent his boyhood in a house across the street.

Our guide was a fund of reliable information on dates and events and coupled this with a few little stories not recorded in the history books.
Written September 24, 2017
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Bryan S
New York City, NY14 contributions
Wow, Robert E Lee and the whole clan, what an amazing history
Sep 2017
Dosents were very knowledgeable. As an Energy Engineer I am always interested in the infrastructure upgrades to historic old buildings. They let me see the boiler! Very cool, Thank You!
Written September 12, 2017
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Susan T
Bloomington, IL49 contributions
Very informative
Jul 2017 • Family
We went to the house while we were waiting for our hotel room to get ready. We lucked out that they had tours that day. From the info I found, tours are only offered Saturdays and Sundays and if there aren't any special events going on. Amanda greeted us (we were 20 minutes before the posted tour was to begin) and offered for us to wait on the back porch which was air conditioned. Even though we didn't have tickets we were able to pay for our admission. Amanda was able to give us a lot of information not only about the house itself but also the history of the Lee family and their history with Alexandria. Definitely would recommend this tour.
Written July 15, 2017
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We're glad that you enjoyed your visit of the Lee-Fendall House and recommend it to others! Our hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. Guided tours are offered on the hour. Advance tickets are only recommended for large groups of 10 or more, or for groups who wish to reserve a specific date and time. This information, and other visitor information, is located on our website at http://www.leefendallhouse.org.
Written July 18, 2017
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