Lee-Fendall House
Lee-Fendall House
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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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binsca
Alexandria, VA66 contributions
Sep 2022
I visited this house as part of the Smithsonian's Museum Day. Think I had visited maybe 15 years ago, but couldn't remember it. It didn't stand out to me. BUT this time it stood out so much more. The staff working were all fantastic. Very friendly, but also super knowledgeable. I asked one of them about the portraits on the wall in one room and he rattled off information about each individual in each portrait. I love when I encounter staff or volunteers that really know the history and appear to have a true passion for the place they are representing. Some really interesting bits of history happened in this house. I knew the house mostly to be connected to the historic Lee family in Virginia, but I had no idea that the last resident was John L Lewis. He was president of the United Mine Workers of America and founder of the Congress of Industrial Organizations - the CIO in the AFL-CIO. There is a room upstairs in what would have been his office with information about him, and I found this particularly interesting. A nice way to end the visit is with a walk through the garden behind the house.
Written September 19, 2022
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Carrie L
Richmond, VA111 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We had an excellent tour here. The house has elements of architecture and furnishings that span hundreds of years so you get a taste of so many of the different owners. It was a hospital during the Civil War where the first successful blood transfusion took place. Its basement was enlarged to store booze during prohibition. It was the home of labor boss John L Lewis.

So many interesting stories and a really interesting place to visit.
Written May 8, 2022
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,857 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
I was quite amazed at the preservation of a house that is as old as our Constitution. For $5 you get a 30-35 minute tour and history of the home and the Lee family. It is a short walk from the metro and downtown. The docent was excellent!
Written June 17, 2017
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Christine H
Alexandria, VA3 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
I wish I had had the same experience as so many others who have left reviews for this attraction, but, due entirely to the tour guide, I came away incredibly disappointed. From the moment he opened the door and barked at us "Five dollars each," to his final refusal to let us see the gardens because he had a "family thing" and wanted to leave early, my tour group was shoved from room to room, with just a 1-minute cursory description at each stop. He evidently did not want us to be there, and within a minute of meeting him, neither did we. I advise you avoid this venue, unless you can be sure of avoiding this misanthropic individual.
Written April 24, 2016
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC4,071 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
This house has a cool history that is unique to the area, and the property is very beautiful! I highly recommend a visit, and be sure to ask lots of questions!
Written January 21, 2014
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tennisev
Orlando, FL42 contributions
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, OH164 contributions
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, MI597 contributions
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
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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bahutch
Mansfield, Texas214 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Came for a wedding reception, and it was great! Very nice, old historical building, great garden and yard area. Well located with parking and easy setup. Had a large tent and full meal service. Lots of trees and great weather! Plenty of room for lots of fun, and we had loud music as well. No problem. Very nice place!
Written April 20, 2016
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