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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/549-2997
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city...
A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Daily tours, youth programs, special events, exhibits and lectures offer visitors a chance to experience eighteenth century life through the eyes of one man and his family as he made the journey from English citizen to American patriot. The story of Carlyle House parallels the early history of Alexandria, colonial Virginia, and America and is brought to life through costumed interpreters, guides and fun family programs. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. (tours on the hour and half hour, last tour at 4).
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Great place to learn about Alexandria's history

My parents and I enjoyed our tour here. I love learning about this city's history, and this house and the original owner are a significant part of it. The short movie before the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My parents and I enjoyed our tour here. I love learning about this city's history, and this house and the original owner are a significant part of it. The short movie before the tour was informative, and our guide was friendly and knowledgable. Behind the house is a small, park-type area (not playground) that is pleasant place to relax. I... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The guided tour is a history lesson worth seeing and hearing. The descriptions of the daily lives of the owners and slaves bring to life what it was like in the late 1700s era. It is a must for history buffs.

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Washington DC
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220 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A wonderful period mansion with beautiful grounds. If you are looking for a place for an event you may have found it.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful home with beautiful furnishings and historical significance. A piece of grand history in the planning of the Revolutionary War and the early economy of the United States. My husband and I had our wedding reception on the balcony and in the beautiful gardens.

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We were too late to get inside but outside is also very impressive. And there are information with its history displayed in front of the property. Around 6pm the sun is just perfect for great pictures of the house

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very informative tour of a home with a unique story. $5 entry fee is a bargain and it provides a nice escape from Alexandria's weekend hubbub in the streets.

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Euclid, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

History comes alive while visiting this beautiful house and grounds. The docents are very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Shorewood, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Our docent had a great command of the history of Old Town Alexandria so our tour of the Carlyle House was filled with lots of bits of things we did not know. From the history of the house to the history of Old Town if you need a great, comfortable tour, that does not take a whole day visit the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had time to kill on a Sunday before catching a late afternoon flight from Reagan. We decided to go and spend the day wandering in Old Town Alexandria. We happened upon the Carlyle House and took the tour. What a highlight! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the house and it's owners and provided exceptional context of the... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very interesting tour with completely restored rooms and furniture. Our guide was excellent. Good deal for $5. The garden was very nice as well.

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