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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
Phone Number: 703/549-2997
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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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An interesting tour

Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2016
katieb120
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Maryland

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We visited the Carlyle house on a Saturday afternoon. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable, the house has a rich history beginning in the 1750's and the story is very current because of the series Mercy Street.

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Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

We had 40 minutes to kill before a tour at the apothecary museum down the street, and the attendant there recommended checking this out - it was part of Mansion House Hospital which apparently is famous on tv now in the drama Mercy Street. There's a historical exhibit on the first floor that is free to check out and describes... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

This house was completed in 1753 for His young bride.The British made the mansion headquarters in 1755. It has been restored to its original state. It is situated right down the street from the Visitors Mansion. It has a small gift shop.

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Newport News, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This was an extremely interesting experience. We went in to see some of the information in reference to the new show Mercy Street. We had just left the apothecary and the staff highly recommended the Carlyle House for the experience and history as well as its role in the show. Steve was extremely knowledgeable in the Carlisle family history as... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

Carlyle House is a hidden gem that harkens back to the early days of Alexandria. It has been well restored with excellent docents. The PBS Mercy Street show is based on one of the families who lived here and the previous hospital adjacent to it. Unfortunately we did pay full price for not the full tour. We were unable to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Our tour guide was excellent and so knowledgeable about the family and Carlyle House. We truly enjoyed viewing this beautiful home with many of the original furnishings returned to the house with the other furnishings as historically accurate as possible.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

The house and grounds are wonderfully preserved and the staff are friendly and welcoming! The tour was a bit long, and could be cut down to about 30 minutes, like the other museums in the area.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

such history here and was most interesting to learn and see firsthand how people lived in the 18th century. the home was well thoughout in construction to maximize efficiency. the tour was inexpensive and well worth the time.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016 via mobile

The Candlelight tour is an annual event in Old Town and a lot of fun for couples and families. There are usual 5 destinations on the tour and you can visit them in any order within a 2-3 hour window. Carlyle House is one of the larger and more interesting venues. Tour guides are stationed in every room to tell... More 

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