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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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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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An Interesting Historic House

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
Wilmette, Illinois

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 

1 Thank nurabbit
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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.

Thank chitownsam
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

The Carlyle House is one of many, many historic houses in Old Town Alexandria. Not as many are open to the public. The Carlyle House was owned by prominent families in Alexandria from the Colonial Era through the Civil War. It costs $5 to tour the house, which also includes small museum exhibits on the second level and in the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

The rich history of Arlington is brought to light through the lives of the residents of Carlyle House. From the initial owner who demonstrated the rags to riches story we have come to associate with the American dream; to the sorrows inherent associated with the dangers of birth and childhood diseases; to the heroic and secret activities during both the... More 

1 Thank bruce s
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Carlyle House has a new update to match it's prominent role in the PBS Show 'Mercy Street' which shows Alexandria's Revolutionary Landmark in a different light nearly 100 years later at the precipice of the Civil War. It's worthy of a visit as the grounds and the story telling are interesting. The house is fully furnished and the grounds are... More 

Thank Karen B
Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This review is really just for the mother's day tea that is held annually at the Carlyle House. The advertisement for the tea said that it would be catered and that there would be a live harpist. The tickets were $40 per person, so I assumed some of that was for the food, tea and venue - and some of... More 

1 Thank tamxc4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

So much to share! Our guide/narrator (only) had around 40 minutes to tell us about the place and really didn't get everything said that I'm sure he wished to! Tons of detail about the house, the people who lived there (George Washington, as a young man looking for a commission in the Army, walked in the very rooms we did!).... More 

Thank K0h3u1
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is an excellent example of a merchant's house and the lives of people in 18th century Virginia. Well worth a visit and easy to reach on public transport. Good places round about to eat and shop so an excellent outing for everyone.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I had an excellent docent who created a picture of the house, of John Carlyle, and the house's history. As I recall, the meeting that decided the revolution was held here!

Thank Fresca'smom
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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