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Carlyle House: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have taken many tours over many years. The garden is lovely. The gift shop has a thoughtful and varied selection. The staff is very welcoming. And just when I thought there was little more to learn about colonial living and architectural restoration from a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019

My family enjoyed touring the Carlyle House. We arrived just in time for the last tour of the day. Shelley M. was an excellent docent, providing us with many interesting details about the house and it's furnishings, as well as stories from the time. We...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2019

Greetings, my friend! I received your letter dated 5 September and I was pleased to read that you had a most agreeable visit to my home. It is always gratifying to read that my staff continues to exceed at sharing their knowledge of my life...More

Reviewed August 3, 2019

The house tour was nice, definitely worth the price of admission. Tour took about 30 mins. However, be very careful in this area. We parked right by the house, and at 4:30 in the afternoon, 3k worth of camera equipment was stolen from our car...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for your visit to my house and your very kind words about it. I was dismayed to read of your experience on the streets after visiting my home and wish you the best of good fortune moving forward. Yours sincerely, J....More

Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

I’m glad we toured Carlyle House because as you learn more about the history of Alexandria, his name will keep popping up. It’s pretty amazing that this house has survived and is truly an historical treasure. We had a very informative guide who was very...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Greetings and thank you kindly for you taking the time to visit my home. While my staff is always very excited to share their knowledge and love of the house with their guests, their enthusiasm may sometimes overflow into an excess of time. I will...More

Reviewed July 24, 2019 via mobile

My friend and I toured the Carlyle House today and it was wonderful. Our docent was so good-interesting and full of knowledge about the time period and history of this beautifully restored piece of American historyMore

Date of experience: July 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Manager at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Greetings and and thank you most kindly for bringing your friend to my home. I am pleased that your docent was eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you. By and large, every one of my volunteers takes great pride in my house and...More

Reviewed July 23, 2019

Knowledgeable, friendly staff guide you through this interesting historic building. Begins with a brief video explaining the background of the original builder/owner and the timeline of ownership, occupancy, and restoration. It is definitely well worth the nominal admission fee.More

Date of experience: July 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Dear Madam, I received your letter of 23 July and am greatly obliged to thank you for the kind words regarding my people and home. It has met with my approbation that you chose to tour my house and that the admission cost was not...More

Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

Fun little tour of an 18th century restored mansion. Tour guides were wonderful. Neat to see how Old Town Alexandria was divided up (by a 17yo George Washington) and how the waterfront was filled in. Upstairs, a bedroom was left unfinished, showing the original structure....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

Greetings, I wanted to write to thank you for taking the time to visit my home recently. It is always a pleasure to hear that my staff has succeeded in being the best of hosts. While the view of the harbor and my incoming shipments...More

Reviewed June 29, 2019

Docent Shelly was wonderful at basing her tour on audience questions. Knowledgeable, and intensely passionate about her subject, she made the 35 minute tour a pleasant stop on a hot June afternoon. Gary, the manager in the gift shop, was a charming and informative as...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

Huzzah!!! Thank you most unreservedly for your kind words about my home and staff. Ms. Shelly is one of my top volunteers and takes great pride in learning everything there can be known about my home and the times in which I resided in Alexandria....More

Reviewed June 17, 2019 via mobile

There’s so much to do in Old Town that you could easily miss this old historic home. Resurrected from obscurity. It is a home comparable to Mt. Vernon. The owner was related to the Washington family. A $5 admission was very reasonable. Tour guide was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

Dear Friend, I received your letter of the 17th of June and was pleased to read that the tour of my home met with your approbations! While I must admit that Mr. Washington's home is unequaled in it's marvelous view of the Potomac, I have...More

Reviewed June 3, 2019 via mobile

We became interested in this building from the PBS mini series Mercy Street. Taking the tour of the Carlyle House helped to make sense of what did and did not remain in existence and helped with the realization of the history. Interesting and skillful period...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting my home and your compliments of the actors. I am constantly amazed on how well my house fared after those Yankee officers took up residence here, made a shambles of the furnishings and left mud tracks all over the...More

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