Facility Use

General Policy for All Use of Lee Chapel

Washington and Lee University departments and University-sanctioned campus organizations are permitted to use designated areas in the Lee Chapel & Museum. This use is confined to programs of the university, the Lee Chapel & Museum and those that relate directly to the university's overall educational, cultural and social goals.

Activities in the Chapel need not be religious in nature, but all events must respect the integrity of the space and must not compromise the site's function as a university venue and public museum. Use of the Chapel is subject to guidelines and restrictions necessary to protect the historic integrity of the site and its collections, as well as the safety and health of visitors and staff. 

The operation and control of the Lee Chapel & Museum is vested in the Site Manager in accordance with approved policies and rates, subject to periodic review. The Lee Chapel Site Manager reserves the right to deny a request judged not to be fully within the goals and intentions of this policy and guidelines.

A Lee Chapel Staff member is available to answer questions regarding Chapel reservations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Because of other duties, an appointment should be scheduled in advance.

Contact our staff at leechapel@wlu.edu or 540-458-8768.

Who May Schedule an Event in Lee Chapel?

Because the Lee Chapel & Museum functions as the university chapel, public use of the building is available only for those groups who meet the following criteria:

University Events

Washington and Lee University administrative offices, academic departments, student organizations listed in the Student Organization Directory or programs developed by the University staff that are not affiliated with outside organizations have priority in scheduling events and may use the facility free of charge. Events held jointly with a University affiliated organization or department and a community organization will be permitted at the discretion of the Site Manager and asked to make a donation to the Lee Chapel. Checks are payable to Washington and Lee University.

Local Community Events

Local community events are those which are an integral part of the relationship between the university and the Lexington/Rockbridge County community. Requests for these organizations MUST be submitted by a W&L sponsor. gAn officer of the organization, who will assume full responsibility for the group's event, must be present at all times. Any exception must be approved by the Site Manager and the Director of University Collections, and may require the endorsement of the Vice President for Advancement. Fees will apply. A reservation form and a Local Community Protocol Form must be completed. See Forms.

Funeral and Memorial Services

The Lee Chapel auditorium is an unconsecrated and non-denominational space. Funeral Services are restricted to current or retired members of the University faculty and staff, as well as the current student body, who have died within the past year. Memorial services are restricted to the immediate University family, listed above, as well as alumni who have been living in the immediate vicinity (Lexington and Rockbridge County), who have died within the past year. Approval of requests for funeral and memorial services lies solely with the Site Manager, and may require the endorsement of the Vice President for Advancement. Fees will apply.


The Lee Chapel auditorium is available for wedding ceremonies for W&L students listed in the University Directory for the current year, current and retired faculty and staff listed in the University Directory, alumni listed in the W&L Alumni Directory, university-related board members and officers emeriti, and the son or daughter of any of these individuals. As a courtesy and when scheduling permits, the Lee Chapel also hosts Virginia Military Institute students (when Jackson Memorial Hall is unavailable), Lexington City, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County residents not otherwise affiliated with the university, and out of region weddings. Fees will apply.

Requests for the auditorium must fulfill the requirements outlined in the wedding policies under Weddings section of this website.


Because most major events are planned well in advance, it is unlikely that the university would require the Lee Chapel auditorium if it has not been previously scheduled. However, for the rare exception, usually an emergency, the university always has priority. Scheduled users will be notified as early as possible in order to accommodate a change in venue.

For complete information on scheduling the Chapel, see Scheduling and Reservations.