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Carlyle House

121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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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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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A house built by one of the founders of Alexandria back in the 18th century! The docent was excellent and knew her stuff. An excellent view into the beginnings of America almost like we were there.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Completed in 1753, the Carlyle House is said to be one of the nation's finest examples of Georgian residential architecture. Main floor restorations are superb, but the upstairs has yet to be finished and the later history exhibit upstairs should be relocated in the basement...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in 1753 by using indentured and slave labor, this impressively restored mansion sits rather grandly some way from the street. Interesting fact, in the 1800’s there was a hotel, the Mansion House Hotel, which was known as one of the best hotels on the...More

Thank DearDona
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Carlyle House was built in 1752 and has withstood time, many changes, and neglect and is now open for tours. Much of the interior is original or has been restored and the guided tour is great. The guides know all about the house and...More

Thank LifesATrip4Me
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carlyle House was very interesting. The house has been nicely restored. Our guide was excellent. For followers of Mercy Street, you can learn some of the real history.

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the Carlyles have been lost to time more should be credited to this family. Friends of George Washington from his early life resulted in the revolutionary fires being built in this house. It is restored and has many original artifacts. Definitely a Must Do...More

Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 6 June 2017

As far as "historical architecture" this home was a great example of a property that is integral to the founding of Alexandria. It isn't the most incredible style of architecture or anything that would impress an architecture buff. It is an interesting piece of history...More

Thank dixiered33
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We had an amazing tour guide who was very proud of the fascinating history behind the Carlyle House. The family history of the household inhabitants as he told us was full of many points of interest.

Thank bathtravel123
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The John Carlyle Historical House, situated just across the street from the City Square, is truly a great museum filled with artifacts of mid-18th century life in Alexandria. A complete restoration in the 1970s preserved this treasure. As we entered the house, we were warmly...More

1  Thank moarng06
Reviewed 12 May 2017

We bought the key to the city pass at the welcome center and it included a ticket to the Carlyle House. We learned a lot of interesting information during our visit. Prior to our visit all we knew came from the PBS show Mercy Street....More

Thank Charles P
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