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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 historical place to understand the founding of Alexandria

Great home to visit to see a restored home of one of the founders of Alexandria, VA. Three floors with historical interpreters sharing not only the history of the home, the family... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Carlyle House used to be an important manse in OId Town Alexandria, but nowadays the only feature worth mention is the garden. The house can be rented for parties, weddings and the like. I guess that would work well since the location is convenient and the garden could easily hold overflo.

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DC Metro Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great home to visit to see a restored home of one of the founders of Alexandria, VA. Three floors with historical interpreters sharing not only the history of the home, the family and the city? The archeologists and excavators let you see behind original walls and floors. Beautiful gardens surround the mansion. Walk around to explore. The house is even... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

A lot of history within the walls of that structure. Though building went through several restoration projects, still keeps the charm of the Palladian, rather unique stone creation.

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

When you visit Alexandria and want to gain an appreciation of the history, this is a great place to get it. Perched on a hill at the top of the historic section of this great city. You will learn that this house used to be on the edge of the river, which now is 200 yards away.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Just went to this museum and I totally recommended people to visit this place. I was the only one at that time and my guide was great. I learned so much about this place and the family who lived there. I didn't check the gardens, but I've heard they are worth seeing. If you're in Alexandria, make sure you check... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The Carlyle House is fascinating on many levels. If you are interested in American history, local history, the American Revolution, slavery, or building restoration, then it's worth a visit. Carlyle was a lesser-known contemporary of George Washington, so it's a fascinating glimpse into the lift of a "self-made" man -- I put that in quotation marks, as he had many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

charming house with extensive gardens, a great tour which included alot of info on the family and history of the area. a must see.

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Burke, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The first Saturday in December is the Scottish Parade, we go every year, then head over to the Carlye House. They always have the house open on this day with knowledgeable Docents, and people dressed in period clothing.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great piece of history. Garden is very peaceful. While in area take a self guided walking tour and enjoy all of old town.

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Upstate NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

To begin, we had a difficult time finding the place as the "visitors map" that we picked up in the official Visitors Center had the wrong (conflicting) info, so we went in circles. Finally found it (right next to a little alley), and luckily a tour was just beginning. The fee is inexpensive and appropriate, but I did not care... More 

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Additional Information about Carlyle House

Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/549-2997
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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