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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 days ago via mobile

I look forward to going to Theismans. Great bar service with bar and dining room menus. Like I said the location next to metro, free trolley makes this a place for locals and visitors. I have taken visitors to the metro, before the board I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended on any walking tour of Old Town Alexandria. A Georgian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. A small but pleasant garden in back.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Greetings and well-met, fair traveler! Many thanks to you this holiday season for taking the time to visit my home and gardens. Please stop in for a tour of my home when next you are in Alexandria. I am sure that you will not be...More

Reviewed October 31, 2018

The Carlyle House is a Georgian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. We learned that Carlyle’s slaves lived and worked in his Alexandria home, on three plantations and in a foundry located on the same lot as the house.The...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Let me extended on behalf of my wife and I our profound gratitude for your complimentary letter recounting the history of my home and those who served in it during the years. I know that Mr. Carlyle and I both enjoyed living in the house...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

The whole purpose of our trip to Alexandria was to do Escape the Sanderson Sisters. While the event sold out immediately, we were waitlisted. Kerry was super helpful and reached out when they had tickets available. Finding Carlyle House was incredibly easy, as was checking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

HUZZAH! While I was not initially familiar with Sandersons from Salem, Massachusetts, I was informed that the three sisters did indeed cause quite the ruckus this Saturday past in my gardens. I was pleased that you were able to find my home with great ease...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018

Mercy Street not withstanding, this is just an OK historic house. They make a big deal over the fact that the owner fought alongside Braddock in the French & Indian War. General Washington also visited.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

I thank you for your visit and commentary about my home. While General Braddock did stay in my home and leave it quite the mess, if I may add, I chose to leave the fighting of the French to the General. Mr. and Mrs. Washington...More

Reviewed October 5, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2018

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 October 2, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Manager at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

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 September 30, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

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Jacki J
Grapevine, Texas
what to do in alexandria, va? (1 Replies)
Which things you would recommend and which things you wouldn't? And you can add any new suggestions as well. torpedo art factory promenade classique river farm lee fendall house museum anthenaeum Carlyle House Historic Park friendship firehouse Alexandria Archaeology Museum lyceum
October 31, 2006|
Response fromdrwong|
All of those sound good - you might toss in Mt Vernon and its new Visitors Center. I always enjoy Fort Ward and Fort Hunt. Did you try posting your question in the Virginia forums?
Jacki J
Grapevine, Texas
are these the best things to do in alexandria? (3 Replies)
Which things you would recommend and which things you wouldn't? And you can add any new suggestions as well. torpedo art factory promenade classique river farm lee fendall house museum anthenaeum Carlyle House Historic Park friendship firehouse robert e lee boyhood home Alexandria Archaeology Museum lyceum
October 27, 2006|
Response fromsprin2|
The Robert E Lee Boyhood Home is now a private residence (although currently for sale). It closed and was sold a couple of years ago. There is a virtual museum website about it, but you can't visit. If you are going all the way to River Farm, I would continue a couple of miles and visit Mount Vernon. Unless you have a strong interest in horticulture, Mount Vernon is a better bet, especially with the new museum and education center they just opened. I would add Gadsby's Tavern Museum as...More