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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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+1 703-549-2997
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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
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A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder...

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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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
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Historic Alexandria

This is my first visit to Alexandria. After a stroll along the Potomac we toured this historic, beautiful house right in the heart of the city.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my first visit to Alexandria. After a stroll along the Potomac we toured this historic, beautiful house right in the heart of the city.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Needed to spend some time prior to flying back to UK so visited and glad we did. very enthusiastic and knowledgeable adviser showed us round and we learnt a lot about the house and about Mercy Street. Well worth the $5 per head admission.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided go there because it was close by and I had to kill some time; I was so glad I did. Had no idea it was connected to the PBS series Mercy Street, that was an added bonus. The history of the house was interesting and it offered facinating information on medical care during the Civil War.

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Nellysford, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the PBS Mercy Street Series is actually filmed in Richmond, the Carlyle House is historically the "Mansion House" that converted from a classy hotel to a hospital during the Civil War.

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Savannah, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The piece of resistance is the display based on the new Series Mercy St. Doscent ws very knowledgeable. About 30 minute tour. Didn't have to wait. Small gift shop with some interesting items.

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for a tour. It was interesting to learn about the house and the previous owners. If you are in the area stop by.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a reasonably priced guided tour with tons of history. You'll learn all about the Carlyle family and how John was able to gain his wealth to build this impressive home. Marrying well got one notch on his belt! They also have a model of how the landscape looked at the time the house was built. The waterfront used... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very nice tour of the Carlyle House and learned of Alexandria's history through the Carlyle Family. They have made a connection to the current PBS series Mercy Street. It is always interesting to see the places that art imitates.

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

An Old Town historic and beautiful urban oasis is located behind the mansion...and it's open to the public. Circular brick paths, a beautiful colonial shed, a traditional hexagon pavilion gazebo and it's lush shady landscape make this a wonderful resting spot or selfie station. Just wander past the paid entry sign directing you into the home or meander thru the... More 

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York, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

I visited the Carlyle House (circa 1751-53) in Alexandria, Virginia. It was the most fashionable home in Alexandria at the time of its construction. The home served as General Braddock's headquarters, where he planned the British military attack of the French at Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) in 1755. The home is also the basis of the PBS series, "Mercy Street",... More 

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