Soiree Special Events

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Venue Spotlight: The Lee-Fendall House

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Lee-Fendall House in Old Town Alexandria! Many of our brides look for venues that feature a historic home, are convenient to hotels and restaurants, and seat up to 140 guests. The Lee-Fendall House has all that! While you will have to add a tent to the backyard garden space, it's very similar to other great venues like River Farm, Collingwood Library, and even the Thomas Birkby House.

From their website:
The Lee-Fendall house was built in 1785 as an urban plantation house. Constructed by Philip Fendall, the cousin of Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, the house served as home to 37 members of the Lee family from 1785 to 1903. The house has a rich history that includes frequent visits from George Washington, time as a Union hospital annex during the Civil War, and long-term residency by the United Mine Workers union leader John L. Lewis. Now a museum, the Lee-Fendall House and its accompanying half-acre garden are open to the public six days a week and are available for private rentals.

For some reason I didn't get a photo of the front of the house. Here is one from their website:As you enter the house, check out the beautiful foyer and staircase:On each side of the house are several rooms set in Victorian period style:There are a few display bedrooms upstairs:At the far end of the foyer, there is a small veranda:And outside, a gorgeous garden and lawn! The garden is perfect for tenting since it's flat and relatively open. Here is a photo from their website, showing how many chairs can fit comfortably on the lawn:The side of the house your guests will see from the garden:This venue is a steal although the caveat is that amplified music is not allowed outdoors. However, it would be perfect for a ceremony with a string quartet or a low-key reception with an acoustic guitar or jazz trio. If you're looking for a great indoor/outdoor venue with a historic spin, go check it out!



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