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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-2997
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Ranked #11 of 39 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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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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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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Chicago
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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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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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