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“Little piece of history”
Review of Carlyle House

Carlyle House
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Ranked #7 of 92 things to do in Alexandria
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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).
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great history of the city. Very informed and enthusiastic tour guide. Only takes an hour of your time, so fit it in!

1  Thank JLJA2013
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great tour of one of the finest colonial homes in Alexandria. Knowledgeable tour guide. Lots of history of the Carlyles and the beginnings of American revolution.

Thank Mitchell D
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

really enjoyed this tour. staff was kind n courteous. they were very knowledgable. parents with 3rd graders definatly give this a stop. my 9 yr old was engrossed for 2 hours. she had studied Carlyle in school ( MI) so it made her go hey i know what this is...

Thank Tami W
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We were on the last tour of the day and were made to feel quite rushed through the manor home. The woman that took us in seemed in a hurry to go home, even though the sign stated they had a 4pm tour. We arrived at 3:55pm and were not allowed to see the first history display. We were brought straight back to the video, which was interesting, and thankfully a different woman took us on the house tour. She was older and a very good tour guide, until the younger woman joined us half way through and rushed us through the house. We paid the same as everyone else and felt a bit "cheated" in the way we were rushed through. We were not even able to look at the gift shop as the younger woman had already shut everything down. That being said, the house is beautiful and worth a see. Just be sure you get there before the last tour or tell them you want to pay half as the tour won't be complete.

3  Thank LCMey
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This house has deep links to our American history and lots of personal insights into colonial life based on personal letters written by John Carlyle to his brother in England.

This house museum has so many personal touches you will enjoy your visit.

1  Thank billmcl
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