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“Historical and Affordable!”
Review of Carlyle House

Carlyle House
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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
Ranked #7 of 88 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: 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).
Tacoma, WA
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Historical and Affordable!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a great house that is in the downtown Alexandria area, but it's also an attraction that is often missed. Admission was only five dollars a person (or four with the coupon on their website), and the tour includes entrance to a small museum, a video, and your own personal tour the house. Our guide was not only informative about the house and its previous occupants, but also the surrounding area.
For those with babies, nursing in the main entrance on the green benches is easy to do and you're still able to hear the tour guide, even once they reach the second floor. I was given some time to look back into the rooms to catch up after feeding our baby.

Visited December 2012
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Gold Coast
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Excellent Value and Knowledgeable Guides”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We wandered into the Carlyle house knowing nothing about its history, aside from the fact that it was old.
We had our own guide for the tour, who was very knowledgeable and finished the tour knowing a great deal more about the history of Alexandria.

Visited December 2012
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Crofton, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Candlelight tour was wonderful!”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

As part of a Holiday Candlelight Tour, I was impressed with the beauty of this home, and the fact there were young people volunteers acting as docents. One young man named Victor, in particular, was just lovely. It gives me heart to see the younger generation embracing the past in such a hands-on way.

I don't know if there is a regular fee involved with visiting this home, but there was a very reasonable cost for the tour of the four properties.

I would recommend this to anyone!

Visited December 2012
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Washington DC
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198 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Worth the tour”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Step back in time with this historic house completed back in 1753 by the English merchant John Carlyle for his young bride Sarah. We did the candlelight tour, you get to hear the story how they lived, how it became the center of social and political life in Alexandria. 2 wives, 11 children but only 3 survived to become adults. Well preserved home. The staffs are well informed, answered all of our questions, dont forget to go to the basement, it has a little museum and a gift shop, this tour is NOT to be missed!

Visited December 2012
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Montgomery, Alabama
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98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We visited during the Scottish Christmas Walk and they did a great job. Out in the yard they had a Revolutionary War platoon doing movements and firing their weapons. The character period doctor was very knowledgeable on medical procedures at the time and answered every question. Docents in the other rooms were excellent as well. The house gives a great representation of what it was like to be well to do citizen at the time. Carlyle House is a wonderful stop just off of King Street...highly recommended.

Visited December 2012
Thank FJOP
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