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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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Carlyle House is one of our favorites and a place we usually take our visiting guests. Service is good and the food is always outstanding in quality and taste. We have yet to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Sheron J
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Carlyle House is one of our favorites and a place we usually take our visiting guests. Service is good and the food is always outstanding in quality and taste. We have yet to be disappointed with this restaurant.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a well preserved historic house. What is more is that it happens to be right in Old Town so not out of the way. The guides were also very well trained, and it was not over-priced at all. It is also possible to reserve the grounds for special occasions.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I have visited so many old houses since I moved to Virginia and they are all interesting if you like this kind of stuff, but I learned things that I never knew from our knowledgeable docent. It only takes a little over an hour (short movie first gives you some background) and then you can tour the house. John Carlyle... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Carlyle House: Because revolutions don't start themselves. At a Carlyle House feast during the French and Indian War, British General Braddock shared his idea about raising the colonists’ taxes to defray the war’s cost. No one could enjoy their squirrel pie after that. After the colonists rebuffed General Braddock, he then wrote King George II recommending taxation. What happened here... More 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went here for a class in embroidery samplers, and learned quite a bit about the house's interesting history. We got pulled into learning more about it's beginnings and more recently, the renovations. We love history and old houses, but if this is not for you, then it will probably be boring. If you are there on a Saturday, check... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This mansion really is lovely. I suggest taking the tour through the place. Our tour guide was very informative and was more than happy to answer questions. I was really surprised to learn that the events that occurred in this home eventually led to the American Revolutionary War. I'm a huge history nerd, so I found all this really exciting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

we had no idea how big this place was and it is in the middle of alexandria. because it was a tour each of the rooms had a docent and they explained each of the rooms in detail. not sure if this is a normal thing or not but each were thorough in their description and were able to answer... More 

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south jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My wife and I visited here for an open house the first weekend in Saturday. Each room of the mansion had a tour guide that described the history of the home. Very interesting home to visit in a great area of Alexandria. Everyone that works here is very nice and informative. Take the time to visit this great attraction.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

One of the adventures you should take in Old Town is a ghost tour. We came across the Caryle House as part of that tour. It is one of the oldest and grandest and most original houses in Old Town. For simply history's sake, you should see it. The other reviews are consistent with my own impression. As a historic... More 

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Louisa, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The house is an historic landmark in Old Town Alexandria. You need to visit the house and gardens. It's the only house with a front lawn and they'll explain the controversy behind it. John Carlyle is one of the founders of Alexandria. Its Georgian Palladian style architecture is of interest, and you must also do one of the Ghost Tours... More 

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