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Carlyle House

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A Georgian mansion built in 1753 by merchant and City founder John Carlyle. Five governors and General Braddock met here to discuss funding the French and Indian War. This historic meeting influenced the call for American independence in the 1770s...more
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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This wonderful house museum is located in the heart of Alexandria. The urban garden is an absolute delight and provides some great interpretation of the times, to include those of the slaves that lived here at the time.More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Friend, It gave me high satisfaction when I received your letter of the fourth of September. I am pleased that you found my garden to your liking, what with the horrendous heat that our town has experienced this summer. I could not have presented...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The more time my wife and I spend in Alexandria, Virginia, and its surrounding area, the more we realize how much history has been written there. It's like visiting Williamsburg or Natchez or Boston Common or Yorktown or Galena or Cripple Creek. In Alexandria, be...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Huzzah! Have I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance, fair traveler? Your delightful words about my house and the town of Alexandria were most kind and so descriptive, I do recall recall the pleasure of making your acquaintance. But we must have met as...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic historical tour - expect to spend around 2 hours here. Lots to see and learn! I always enjoy original homes like this, I find them fascinating and appreciated all the attention to detail the staff had done to recreate this home as it once...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Huzzah and thank you, my friend, for the most kind words. It warms my heart to hear that my staff welcomed you as warmly as in years past. As a merchant of Alexandria, I also appreciate your business and am most pleased that your were...More

Reviewed July 23, 2018

Carlyle House is part of Old Town's history dating back to Civil War days when there was a hospital here for the wounded soldiers - check out "Mercy Street" on PBS. Walking through the house was a treat, the guide was very good and knew...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Many thanks for your kind words! I am gratified that you enjoyed my house, my guide, and my gardens. That messy Civil War business happened after my time, but I understand that they made a mess of my dwelling. Thank goodness it has been put...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Excellent example of pre-Revolutionary architecture, and the story of how it survived over two centuries is amazing! You don't have to go to Williamsburg to get a great taste of colonial America, Alexandria has it's gems too!More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

I was favored with your most kind letter this week and, in my present state, gave me pleasure to read of your enjoyable visit to my home. I am far from thinking that my present residence is much better for my growing family then any...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I know it is hard to believe. However, General Braddock convened a meeting of the King's Governors in the living room here. They planned a disastrous strategy for the French and Indian War, and Braddock told the Governors to impose taxes on the colonists to...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

My Dear Friend, News of your letter most assuredly met with my approbations. Your commentary regarding General Braddock's pernicious stay in my home reminded me of a letter I wrote my dear brother, George, some time ago: "General Braddock and the forces under his command…differed...More

Reviewed July 7, 2018

Like many old buildings this one has endured many occupancies and some have not been kind to it. But the building was restored about 40 years ago and it became responsible for my continued interest in homes of this period and later since I first...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

My Dear Friend, I received your letter by the Hudson and read the pleasing news of your visit. I am most grateful of your thorough and interesting review of my home to which I pray future travelers will come to visit after reading your review....More

Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

On a recent trip to DC, we took a trip to Alexandria. We had no real agenda, just seeing what we could. We found ourselves near the Carlyle House and decided to visit. What a treat! The house is beautifully restored. As fans of PBS'...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

I would first like to thank you for visiting my humble home. I am glad that you found our accommodations to be suitable to your touring needs. I was so happy that may staff was able to get the house ready for your visit after...More

Reviewed June 25, 2018

What a relaxing pleasant walk through a mansion that was built pre-revolution and that played major roles in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil restored. Restored to it's Revolutionary era greatness. We had a great docent who took us through the house and helped...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Huzzah! My sincerest thanks for taking the time to write a review of the time spent in my home. I was so pleased that the tour met with your approbations. I will be sure to convey your review to the staff as I am positive...More

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

The Carlyle House is off the beaten path and a bit of a sleeper, but it’s fantastic! Those looking for a glimpse into Virginia’s past should stop here while visiting Old Town Alexandria. Loved it!More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

I would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your enjoyable visit. My home is full of history with a great many stories that can be told within its walls. Please return again during our many special events throughout the year,...More

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