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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/549-2997
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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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Wonderful house, served with a side of retro-shame

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
ParlorCity
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Upstate NY
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Upstate NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Columbia, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a must see but possibly little known element of the history of the county from the colonial times that sparked events that led to Declaration of Independence. A beautifully restored historic house with outstanding guided tour sets the stage for history that may have been long hidden. A perfect reason to explore Alexandria.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Carlyle House has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The use of very realistic mannequins throughout the house helps the visitor understand the lives of all during that era. Our guide was very personable and filled with Southern charm and humor as we toured the house.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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99 reviews 99 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Ms. Claire was very knowledgable and very engaging. This is a great look into Old Alexandria. If you are coming here, it is a must see place. Thanks to all the ladies who take their volunteer job so seriously. Spot On!!

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Macon, GA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My daughter got married in the garden, and it was wonderful! Thanks much to Penny and her staff for making the wedding picture perfect!!

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Neptune Beach, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife and I recently spent a week in Alexandria, as we were visiting the Washington ,D.C. attractions. I didn't know what to expect, regarding "Old Town" Alexandria. Towards the end of our stay, we checked out Carlyle House. We were lucky, as it was late afternoon and my wife and I were the only people there for the tour.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is an amazing historical house. The tour was fantastic! We learned so many interesting things about this family and the time period. I highly recommend this.

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Alexandria, VA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A great place to visit. The docent gave a great and informative tour. So interesting! I will never look at some history the same way again. So glad the local groups were able to save this place. Ask about the cat.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,305 reviews 1,305 reviews
661 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had the very best tour with Chuck this afternoon. It was fascinating to learn so much about this family that played such a crucial part in Alexandria's history and the history of our country! I definitely recommend a visit!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful location in Old Town to wander, meditate, have s bite of brown bag lunch or just take some snap shots of your family or friends. I love this place in the spring with all is in bloom but also nice all year round.

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