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Carlyle House

121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+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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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-549-2997
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

Needed to spend some time prior to flying back to UK so visited and glad we did. very enthusiastic and knowledgeable adviser showed us round and we learnt a lot about the house and about Mercy Street. Well worth the $5 per head admission.

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Decided go there because it was close by and I had to kill some time; I was so glad I did. Had no idea it was connected to the PBS series Mercy Street, that was an added bonus. The history of the house was interesting...More

Thank Cstudenko
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Although the PBS Mercy Street Series is actually filmed in Richmond, the Carlyle House is historically the "Mansion House" that converted from a classy hotel to a hospital during the Civil War.

Thank ChefGeorge1
Reviewed 31 December 2016

The piece of resistance is the display based on the new Series Mercy St. Doscent ws very knowledgeable. About 30 minute tour. Didn't have to wait. Small gift shop with some interesting items.

Thank toomuchfunnow
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a tour. It was interesting to learn about the house and the previous owners. If you are in the area stop by.

Thank Angie H
Reviewed 26 December 2016

This is a reasonably priced guided tour with tons of history. You'll learn all about the Carlyle family and how John was able to gain his wealth to build this impressive home. Marrying well got one notch on his belt! They also have a model...More

Thank Kelly L
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a very nice tour of the Carlyle House and learned of Alexandria's history through the Carlyle Family. They have made a connection to the current PBS series Mercy Street. It is always interesting to see the places that art imitates.

Thank asnydie
Reviewed 26 November 2016

An Old Town historic and beautiful urban oasis is located behind the mansion...and it's open to the public. Circular brick paths, a beautiful colonial shed, a traditional hexagon pavilion gazebo and it's lush shady landscape make this a wonderful resting spot or selfie station. Just...More

1  Thank doublemdoublet
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I visited the Carlyle House (circa 1751-53) in Alexandria, Virginia. It was the most fashionable home in Alexandria at the time of its construction. The home served as General Braddock's headquarters, where he planned the British military attack of the French at Fort Duquesne (now...More

Thank RobCnYork
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Well worth the $5.00 admission fee. We visited in October when the house is draped in black as though for a funeral. Interesting information about how they honored the dead back then.

Thank Donna M
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