VIP Alexandria Magazine | November 2019

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THE HI S TORY OF The Lee-Fendall House Story by Alexandria Lindstrom | Photography Submitted by Lee-Fendall House

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Revolutionary War cavalry hero Light-Horse Harry Lee purchases a three-acre parcel of land and sells the half-acre plot at the corner of Washington and Oronoco Streets to his cousin, Philip Fendall.

IIn November, construction is complete and George Washington notes in his diary on November 10th that he dined with the Fendalls in their new house .

A map of the Lee-Fendall property from an insurance declaration

Phillip Fendall marries his third and last wife, the sister of Light-Horse Larry Lee, Mary Lee.

In December, Phillip Fendall Jr. is born.

Philip Jr. will go on to be District Attorney for DC, and be a leader among DC abolitionists. His great-granddaughter Anne Catherine Tredick Wendell (below) would go on to marry the 6th Earl of Carnarvon (whose family seat is Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame).

Mary Lee-Fendall dies and the house is purchased by her cousin, Edmund Jennings Lee.

Former President John Quincy Adams stays the night at the house as a guest of Edmund Jennings Lee.

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