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Carlyle House

121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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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, and sparked the concept of taxation without representation. Daily tours, youth programs, special events, exhibits, and lectures offer visitors a chance to experience eighteenth century life. 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
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

an historic preservation miracle, when one considers how easily the pre-revolutionary house could have been lost during construction or operation or demolition of the 19th century Mansion House Hotel -- and it's an especially amazing place to visit on days when the house hosts events...More

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

My sister and I toured the Carlyle House in March. The 1-hour tour costs $5, but is well worth it. It's a lovely, historic home and our tour guide was very informative. We parked in the Market Square parking garage off Fairfax St (1-min walk...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great place to visit if you are interested in Civil War time period or restored homes. You can avoid the costs of an entry fee if you plan to go during a monthly "Open House."

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Beautiful gardens and great history spot. Take some time and visit this beautiful spot. Gorgeous flowers too.

Thank Ann P
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

There is a lot of history within the walls of the Carlyle House, but the guided tour seemed a but dry and over-long. Maybe they were trying to justify the tour fee, but I think we could have seen round in half the time and...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

It's an old House. If you've seen one, you've kind of seen them all. The rooms are smaller than you'd think on the inside. But it's still an important part of Alexandria History. Plus they change their exhibits out. Definitely worth admission with the Key...More

Thank executivewench
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Although there is no self guided option, the hour long, $5 tour is well paced and a good overview to wider Alexandria through the lens of the Carlyle and Greene families.

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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Local home in Alexandria, some of the original furnishings remain, but some are missing or the carpets, wall paper has been replicated. Tour was very short, didn't feel like we saw the whole house.

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was here in the late 80s and then again in 2016. The renovations that took place since the 80's were well received. The grouds were amazing. Standing there wondering if one of our early president's stood where i stood was great.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I have been on the tour many times, and always learn something new. The history of the family, and overall presentation of the home, from period, is amazing. It's not a huge time commitment, so if you have 45 minutes to an hour, go check...More

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