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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Totally exceeded my expectations

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Neptune Beach, Florida
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Neptune Beach, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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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
42 helpful votes 42 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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1,125 reviews 1,125 reviews
529 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Coming from England where visiting historic houses is a national sport (e.g. www.hha.org.uk), it was so refreshing to find a place where heritage and history are valued. The restoration of the house has been achieved as sympathetically as possible and it was wonderful to see the original interiors brought back to life mostly with Carlyle's furniture. The immediate family was... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Carlyle House is one of our favorites and a place we usually take our visiting guests. Service is good and the food is always outstanding in quality and taste. We have yet to be disappointed with this restaurant.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a well preserved historic house. What is more is that it happens to be right in Old Town so not out of the way. The guides were also very well trained, and it was not over-priced at all. It is also possible to reserve the grounds for special occasions.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I have visited so many old houses since I moved to Virginia and they are all interesting if you like this kind of stuff, but I learned things that I never knew from our knowledgeable docent. It only takes a little over an hour (short movie first gives you some background) and then you can tour the house. John Carlyle... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Carlyle House: Because revolutions don't start themselves. At a Carlyle House feast during the French and Indian War, British General Braddock shared his idea about raising the colonists’ taxes to defray the war’s cost. No one could enjoy their squirrel pie after that. After the colonists rebuffed General Braddock, he then wrote King George II recommending taxation. What happened here... More 

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