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“Neat house” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlyle House

Carlyle House
121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703/549-2997
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Ranked #6 of 69 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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).
Eden Prairie, MN
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Neat house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I have always wanted to venture inside this house and it was a great guided tour. The work that the city historical society is doing is excellent and it is good to see that taking place. Lovely house!

Visited August 2012
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Arlington, Tennessee
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“Great save”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

You think it's going to be a quick tour, but there is so much history and detail in the house, the tour is almost an hour. So well worth it!

Visited June 2012
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Farmington, Connecticut
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“spectacular architecture explains the essence of alexandria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

this historic house is an essential stop for anyone touring alexandria. the history of the building goes hand-in-hand with the history of the city. there used to be far more buildings like it but this one is the only one that has been preserved and is open to all of us and it deserves a visit.

our tour guide was a bit long winded and slow to move on but as a volunteer, the enthusiasm and energy that was expended was educating and appreciated. just to see the hard times that befell this building and its subsequent saving and restoration is worth the small admission price. tour the lovely grounds; it does not take long and the sense of peace is enchanting.

Visited April 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
“Wonderful historic tour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

I really like this place because it's history is still being discovered, yet there's so much already there. The story of why it looks the way it does and why it's been preserved as it has is incredibly interesting! If you have any interest in the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, history in general, or architecture, this is not to be missed!

Visited June 2012
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Fruita, Colorado
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“Getting close to history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

This home tour is unique in that you can actually enter the rooms and are not held behind a velvet rope. The docent cheerfully answered questions and seemed very knowledgeable about the home and the community. The cost ($5) is very reasonable. Be sure to take in the garden behind the home, which is actually now a public park. Nice to sit and enjoy the beauty of the home and the garden (both of which I didn't have to clean or weed). You do have to climb stairs to view the home.

Visited June 2012
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