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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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We had time to kill on a Sunday before catching a late afternoon flight from Reagan. We decided to go and spend the day wandering in Old Town Alexandria. We happened upon the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We had time to kill on a Sunday before catching a late afternoon flight from Reagan. We decided to go and spend the day wandering in Old Town Alexandria. We happened upon the Carlyle House and took the tour. What a highlight! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the house and it's owners and provided exceptional context of the... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting tour with completely restored rooms and furniture. Our guide was excellent. Good deal for $5. The garden was very nice as well.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Get a glimpse of life in early Alexandria. Tour is excellent. Most of the furnishings are original - owned by Carlyle family. If you're looking for more than food and shopping, you'll want to take a tour of this historic home.

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We went on a unique day. John Carlyles birthday. The funeral walk to the church was interesting and a unique experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Mr. Carlyle, a Scottish merchant, was an early resident of Alexandria and his house was renovated by the city as a bi-centennial project. It was faithfully restored and gives a good picture of how people lived in that period.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The story of John Carlyle, city co founder & friend of George Washington is powerful. The tour here is well presented with ample time to ask questions. The home is beautifully furnished with many original pieces. In one room are original nails, plaster & a special type of beam. It is a handsome mansion with tranquil gardens at the rear.... More 

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Earlysville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The Carlyle House was beautifully restored & a great site to visit. Much to see & learn about early Alexandria & the famous people who stayed there during its prime. Only a couple of blocks from the waterfront an easy to visit blast from the past.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This stone house had been lost to time when it was rediscovered in the 1970s and restoration began. It has been restored to the time it was built using the original documents to build and decorate it and it is well worth the time if you are in Alexandria. The docents are knowledgeable and glad to answer questions about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Carlyle House is a testament to the determination of Old Town residents to preserve our history going back to the colonial period. While it does not have the history of Mt. Vernon, as an urban mansion, it is the only one in the region to survive from colonial times.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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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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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