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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

Paid a visit to this restored yet super cool old house very significant to the founding of the city of Alexandria! Had an enthusiastic and very knowledgable guide show us around this beautifully restored home. It is such a neat look into the past. It...More

JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Huzzah! I received your very agreeable letter speaking well of my home and tour which gave me great pleasure. I thank you unreservedly for the kind words about your visit. I was pleased to see that the admission met with your budget's approbations! Best regards...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After I left The Farmers Market on a Saturday morning I decided to walk over and see just what was there. I discovered a beautiful flower garden. It was definitely a great place to take some pictures and while I was there I found out...More

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

Please accept my felicitous thanks for stopping by to enjoy the gardens. Many a betrothed couple have begun their marriages in and amongst the flora here. I invite you to visit the home again during any of our many popular events, such as our Halloween...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended visiting Alexandria by our tour manager and do glad she did. Lovely old town and for us Carlyle House was the highlight. We were not expecting such a beautiful and historical house. Guided tours only but at $5 each well worth it....More

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

Good Friend, It gave me high satisfaction when I read of your letter dated the 30th of September. I wish to thank you for the kind prose given of your time in my home with my docent who enjoys a refreshing beverage from time to...More

Reviewed September 4, 2018 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 September 5, 2018

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 August 23, 2018

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 August 26, 2018

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

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