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Lee-Fendall House Museum

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Lee-Fendall House Museum

The Lee-Fendall House Museum is looking for volunteers to lead guided tours for the public at this historic house museum, located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Leading guided tours of the house museum.
  • Developing knowledge of the museum and its collection in order to engage visitors in dialogue and answer questions.
  • Ensuring the safety and security of the museum and its collections during tours and programs.
  • Collecting and recording admissions and gift shop sales.
  • Attending training as scheduled by the museum staff, including regular volunteer meetings.
  • Assist in event and program preparation as necessary (decorating, preparing materials, etc.)
  • Provide light house-keeping duties as needed: sweeping, dusting, etc.
  • Distribute museum brochures, posters, or other marketing materials to clubs, groups, and other networking avenues.


Manager of Education & Public Programs


  • Enjoy working with the public in a museum setting.
  • Knowledge of American and/or Virginia history is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers will be expected to work a minimum of 6 hours a month, which may consist of a combination of half day shifts (3 hours) or full day shifts (4-6 hours). Regular commitment is desired and volunteers are encouraged to provide more than the requested minimum hours.


Three days of training must be completed within the first month of volunteering. Training and guidance will be provided by museum staff. A docent handbook which includes a history of the site and other operational materials is provided on the first day of training.


  • Free onsite parking
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Free admission to the museum and special tours.
  • Free admission to many regional museums and historic sites.

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About Lee-Fendall House Museum



Mission Statement

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden interprets American history through the experiences of those who lived and worked on the property from 1785 to 1969. As an educational center, the museum preserves its historic resources to promote community engagement about the relevance of the past to our present.


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 several generations of the Lee family (1785-1903), hundreds of convalescing Union soldiers during the American Civil War (1863-1865), the locally prominent Downham family (1903-1937), and one of our nation’s most controversial and significant labor leaders, John L. Lewis (1937-1969). Throughout its history, the home was also lived and worked in by generations of enslaved and free African Americans.

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden614 Oronoco St.Alexandria, VA 22314



  • General Education
  • Adult Education
  • History
  • Community Outreach
  • Public Speaking


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6-10 hours per month.

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