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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-2997
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Ranked #12 of 38 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to... more » Owner description: 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). « less
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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the Carlyle House while on a guided tour of Old Town Alexandria. Carlyle House is located in Old Town Alexandria across from City Hall. The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by British merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia.... More

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We are glad we took the time to go back for a visit. Although extensive reconstruction, it's still a great place to visit. Very important part of colonial history. Even that arrogant British General Braddock stayed here before he matched off to defeat Docent was very good

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We toured the Carlyle House while visiting Alexandria and were very pleasantly surprised. The tour of the house and garden provided a very nice break from the crowded streets and shops. Although we were aware of the Carlyle House we were fascinated by all the history and details provided by Mason.

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Portland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was looking forward to it, but when the docent made rude, very critical comments about my home town, I left. Southern hospitality? Clearly not. This was an older woman who should have known better than to speak to paying guests like that. Happily, I only wasted $5, which I don't mind giving to the museum. Her behavior was odd,... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Imagine at the table our early leaders discussing the early battles with the British as our allies and the French as our enemy. Hear about the arrogance of Gen Braddock and see the life of our European settlers.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This time we didn't go inside the Carlyle House, but we wandered through the gardens, which are fabulous!

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Long Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was a fabulous historic home tour rich with fascinating history presented so wonderfully well! One of the best I have ever been on!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

One of the many historical sites in Old Town Alexandria that is worth a visit. The re-enactors that were camped out there the day we visited heightened the experience.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have been to Williamsburg, but wanted to give our family a similar experience (and closer for us) We definitely got it here at the Carlyle House. They show a short film before the tour starts. The woman at the reception desk and our tour guide were very friendly and knowledgable, The tour was a great reminder of how different... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Something I keep forgetting to check when I travel is what attractions are opened on the day of the week I'll be there. Lots of museums like this one are closed early in the week. The grounds were well kept and there were some plaques with information outside but I couldn't go in on Monday.

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