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Carlyle House

121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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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, and sparked the concept of taxation without representation. Daily tours, youth programs, special events, exhibits, and lectures offer visitors a chance to experience eighteenth century life. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. (tours on the hour and half hour, last tour at 4).
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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+1 703-549-2997
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Carlyle House is beautiful inside and the history is well preserved or represented. I am only rating this so low because the staff was not great. The tour guide kept asking us what we wanted to know instead of giving us information about the...More

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

I apologize unreservedly for the poor experience you had at my home. This is quite abnormal for the quality of service we expect and usually exhibit from our staff and docents. If you would, please contact us at carlyle@nvrpa.org so that we may be able...More

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

The tour guide did an excellent job of explaining the history of the house within the context of the regional history. She told excellent stories and was able to drill down when asked questionsMore

Thank Jack B
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2018

Dear Friend, It warmed my heart to read of your salubrious visit to my home. I will be sure to echo your agreeable tour with my staff, who always enjoy hearing positive reviews from my guests. Thank you most wholeheartedly for your kind words. Sincere...More

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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Well worth the $5 admission. Docent led tours every half hour. House has an interesting history. Docent was quite knowledgeable and open to any and all questionsMore

Thank Lori S
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

My sincerest appreciation to you for taking the time to write such a kind letter. I am most pleased to see that the cost of admission was within your budget and that you chose to spend your hard earned funds on a visit to my...More

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Reviewed May 31, 2018

The Carlyle House was saved by Citizens who realized the historical value of this home. The tour was informative and interesting. Docents are enthusiastic and well informed. A true glimpse into 18 century Life in banks of the Potomac. Washington actually dined in this home....More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2018

Huzzah! My sincerest thanks for your compliments of my guide, home and gardens. I wish you could have seen the Potomac from my office window before the lower streets were added. I always longed to see the ships come into port. Your most humble and...More

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