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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-2997
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Ranked #5 of 37 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Seattle
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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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Tulsa, OK
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Went twice when were were on vacation and staying in Alexandria. The ribeye, shrimp and grits, chicken padilla, bread pudding, banana pudding, and bread from Big Buns next door was amazing! Excellent food and service from Paul!

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Woodbridge, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

A very nice restoration job on an old building. The furnishings aren't original to the house, but they are period pieces. Gives a nice feel for the period. Needless to say, I would love to have some of the antiques in the place.

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Allentown, PA
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173 reviews 173 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were astonished to see how many original pieces of furniture, decor, etc.that are housed in this home. Kudos to the contributors for restoring this wonderful home to its original status! We had the opportunity to have a well-versed guide, so we learned much about the home, its occupants, and its importance in American history. The short video prior to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Beautiful home, inside and out, and lovely gardens with a gazebo. The tour started out with a 15 minute video about the history and then a personal tour of the home. Amazing to think this home was used as a hospital during the war. Please note the Key to the City booklet has a admittance coupon. You can buy the... More

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Watertown, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great history of the city. Very informed and enthusiastic tour guide. Only takes an hour of your time, so fit it in!

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great tour of one of the finest colonial homes in Alexandria. Knowledgeable tour guide. Lots of history of the Carlyles and the beginnings of American revolution.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

really enjoyed this tour. staff was kind n courteous. they were very knowledgable. parents with 3rd graders definatly give this a stop. my 9 yr old was engrossed for 2 hours. she had studied Carlyle in school ( MI) so it made her go hey i know what this is...

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