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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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+1 703-549-2997
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder...

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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Great Experience in Historic Location

Claire Cooper was an excellent tour guide at this outstanding Colonial era home of historic significance, and located in Old Town Alexandria, VA with so much to see an do. Highly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2016
Centreville, Virginia
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rhode island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

At the Atheneum we were told this was a "must-see" tour. It was interesting, but we enjoyed other Alexandria sites more. The docent told information about the house's georgian design and the Carlyle family. One room of the tour is intentionally left so that you can see the structure of the home, another part is more self led, though the... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

an average type old mansion tour; nice woman guide at least; the man running admissions thru the gift shop was a bit tacky; the rooms downstairs were in nice condition; a usual old home tour...upstairs was set up as the civil war era as the union hospital ...that part was nice but there wasn't enough display wise...wish they had more... More 

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O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens free to the public. Passionate, interesting tour guide that explains and describes the early years of this house through the Revolutionary War years. The first floor is full of period and reproduction pieces. Then you are led upstairs and shown a few pictures of the house pre-restoration and some posters about the medical care and persons who helped... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Claire Cooper was an excellent tour guide at this outstanding Colonial era home of historic significance, and located in Old Town Alexandria, VA with so much to see an do. Highly recommend a tour at this venue.

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Seattle WA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Went there as part of a ghost tour. Interesting history and once an amazing location.You should see it though it might not be worth the price of admission.

Thank Capetownrio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome Food...great chef...awesome restaurant great ambiance.....very enjoyable for whole family....has a awesome outside area fits in as a beautiful patio cafe.... Very romantic.... Please take time out to enjoy.... Beautiful service with a hearty smile HAS several levels.....TO resturant..make reservations Very busy place....

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I really enjoyed this informative tour and our guide had a great sense of humor. A very impressive house (including the furnishings) and it was great to learn about two periods of Alexandria history in one stop. George Washington stayed the night here, as Carlyle was his friend.

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McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the Carlyle House mostly due to the PBS show Mercy Street. The house is interesting & we are happy that it is still intact to be toured. However we were disappointed to find out that the actual "hospital" structure that is featured on the drama no longer exists. We live very close to Gettysburg so we have very... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The guided tour of the first floor costs $5 and a docent leads you through the rooms on the first floor highlighting things in each room and giving historical information. The second floor has a current exhibit with information on the civil war. Both parts of the tour are interesting. There is a small gift shop. The gardens are lovely... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 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.

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