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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-2997
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Ranked #8 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wonderful afternoon stop. Late in the day, so my wife and I were the only ones on the tour, which was very enjoyable. Lots of information, lots of history. Really personable guide.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My daughters wedding was in the garden area behind the Carlyle House and was perfect. People working there were so nice in making sure no one but guests came thru during the ceremony times and also keeping us comfortable in gift shop area just before event began. Beautiful for photographs

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pa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Didn't realize you could see the inside till we arrived and the guides were so enthusiastic it made the tour even better

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Dayton, Ohio
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17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Can't give a real review because it was closed on Sunday however still provided some great photo ops. The grounds were lovely and the info provided on the grounds were valuable.

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California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Nice colonial house and gardens with interesting history. Well furnished with replica costumes. Each room has a volunteer in it, you can self tour at your own pace. Nice gardens. In spring the dogwoods were out and professional photographers were using the grounds for portraits. I was there for their annual herb and plant sale day, interesting. Not handicapped accessible.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Caryle House is one of the original houses built shortly after the City of Alexandria was established in 1749. Site on a double lot, access today is across the street from City Hall on Fairfax Street. At the time Caryle House was built, it was the most expensive private home in Alexandria City. Built in the Palladian style, it is... More

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Seattle
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142 reviews 142 reviews
30 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stumbled on this house when strolling around historic Alexandria. It is really well done. You can visit the garden outside on your own, while inside a knowledgeable guide leads tours every 15 minutes. This is probably the best preserved colonial mansion I've ever seen, aside from famous spots like Mount Vernon and Monticello, and more than worth the time... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We regularly visit historical buildings, lighthouses, battlefields, etc. Just had one of our best guided tours ever. Chuck Aldrich, the former history teacher who served as our guide, shared his vast knowledge of 18th century America and brought alive John Carlyle, his family, and his home, one of the first and most impressive residences in Alexandria. Carlyle had ties to... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Ok, if one is appreciative of the people and the artifacts of colonial America this is a must visit. For those that came from England to the American colony this is a site of great significance to appreciate the hard work needed to survive and to conquer a continent. British General Braddock and his colonial aide LTC George Washington of... More

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