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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Ranked #10 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Cultural
Owner description: A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here...
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Type: Museums, Cultural
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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).

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English first
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46 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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Los Altos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The guide Chuck related the history very well. It was the only stone house in early colonial Virginia, and a hotel was built in front of it, letting the house in disrepair. So glad the citizen opted to restored the house, and removed the hotel which was the hospital during the Civil war.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Situated directly across from city hall in Alexandria (eastern side towards the river), this walls in this colonial-era home have seen a great deal. When entering the site, come thru the front grate then follow the path to the left side of the house to enter at the basement level (there's a big, heavy wooden door where you enter). After... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This mansion was built by John Carlyle in 1752. A Scotsman, Carlyle arrived in the American colonies and promptly got into business, starting a number of enterprises focused on the import/export business. He chose Alexandria, an emerging seaport on the Potomac River, to build his dream house out of stone in line with his Scottish heritage. Carlyle married into the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This beautiful restored manor house by one of Alexandria's foremost citizens of the time should not be missed! The restoration is amazing, so detailed! The history of this lovely home is thrilling, too, from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. The women's clothing on display is so beautiful and interesting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

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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