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Carlyle House

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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).
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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

When we were there, there was only a guided tour on the hour ($5) rather than every half hour. We went thru the small exhibit on the ground floor and watched the short movie. Interesting information given.

Thank chitownsam
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Reviewed July 18, 2016

The Carlyle House is one of many, many historic houses in Old Town Alexandria. Not as many are open to the public. The Carlyle House was owned by prominent families in Alexandria from the Colonial Era through the Civil War. It costs $5 to tour...More

Thank Brendan S
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Reviewed July 18, 2016

The rich history of Arlington is brought to light through the lives of the residents of Carlyle House. From the initial owner who demonstrated the rags to riches story we have come to associate with the American dream; to the sorrows inherent associated with the...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2016

Carlyle House has a new update to match it's prominent role in the PBS Show 'Mercy Street' which shows Alexandria's Revolutionary Landmark in a different light nearly 100 years later at the precipice of the Civil War. It's worthy of a visit as the grounds...More

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

This review is really just for the mother's day tea that is held annually at the Carlyle House. The advertisement for the tea said that it would be catered and that there would be a live harpist. The tickets were $40 per person, so I...More

1  Thank tamxc4
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Reviewed June 15, 2016

So much to share! Our guide/narrator (only) had around 40 minutes to tell us about the place and really didn't get everything said that I'm sure he wished to! Tons of detail about the house, the people who lived there (George Washington, as a young...More

Thank K0h3u1
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Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is an excellent example of a merchant's house and the lives of people in 18th century Virginia. Well worth a visit and easy to reach on public transport. Good places round about to eat and shop so an excellent outing for everyone.

1  Thank AlisonAmahl
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Reviewed June 1, 2016

I had an excellent docent who created a picture of the house, of John Carlyle, and the house's history. As I recall, the meeting that decided the revolution was held here!

Thank Fresca'smom
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Reviewed May 29, 2016

We went on a Friday morning and there was only 3 people in our tour. Tour guide was lovely and very informed about the house and the area surrounding in Alexandria. That part that we loved the most was the extra tidbits she shared about...More

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Reviewed May 26, 2016

This tour was truly an informative event I learned so much about a site I had heard of but never understood iys historic value. It is a hidden gem of history

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