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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: +1 703-549-2997
10:00 - 16:00
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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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Excellent tour! If you love history, this is a tour for you!

We went on a Friday morning and there was only 3 people in our tour. Tour guide was lovely and very informed about the house and the area surrounding in Alexandria. That part that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 May 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We went on a Friday morning and there was only 3 people in our tour. Tour guide was lovely and very informed about the house and the area surrounding in Alexandria. That part that we loved the most was the extra tidbits she shared about the area like how the house used to butt up to the Potomac River and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This tour was truly an informative event I learned so much about a site I had heard of but never understood iys historic value. It is a hidden gem of history

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is one of the oldest homes in the city, and was built by one of the town's founding members. I would recommend a tour if you're interested in learning more about the history of Alexandria or old homes in general.

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This home was of interest to me because it was the home of my 3rd great aunt, Emma Green. The tour was wonderful to me as a history lover, but also because it dealt with my family. Lovely pre civil war home and garden with interesting history during civil war. Look at the back garden too as it is beautiful.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

I ordered the short smoked salmon. The salmon was way too salty, and I am one to salt food. The cauliflower purée was very good. Service was very good and true waitress separated the charges per person in a table of 7. We greatly appreciated that. The second floor was quieter and conducive to large group conversations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Very interesting tour of this historical home which is featured on "Mercy Street". The tour guide was very enthusiastic and you learn a lot about Alexandria & it's history especially during the Civil War period. Alexandria has much to offer. Great walking town with lots of history. If you get the "Key to the City" ticket at the information center,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

I wasn't that impressed with this tour because I found it boring. While some of the facts were interesting I didn't know the history of the house or the references to a television show that is on PBS about the house. I went because it was recommended.

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Streetsboro, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Some people think history is boring. Mostly, anything taught only using text books tends to get boring after awhile. Any chance you have to actually wrap your hands around history, you can better wrap your mind around it as well. This area of the country is rife with these opportunities. The Carlyle House is just such an opportunity. This house... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We did the house tour with Philip. He was very knowledgeable and made the house come alive. The tour gave you a good understanding of life in the 1700's

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Newark, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

After purchasing our Keys to the City pass for $10, the Carlyle House was our first stop in Alexandria. There were four main rooms to view once inside the house, each with a docent to explain the history and answer any questions. On the second floor, there was a large display relating to the Mansion House which was used as... More 

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