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Carlyle House

121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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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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121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
+1 703-549-2997
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the Carlyles have been lost to time more should be credited to this family. Friends of George Washington from his early life resulted in the revolutionary fires being built in this house. It is restored and has many original artifacts. Definitely a Must Do...More

Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As far as "historical architecture" this home was a great example of a property that is integral to the founding of Alexandria. It isn't the most incredible style of architecture or anything that would impress an architecture buff. It is an interesting piece of history...More

Thank dixiered33
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We had an amazing tour guide who was very proud of the fascinating history behind the Carlyle House. The family history of the household inhabitants as he told us was full of many points of interest.

Thank bathtravel123
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The John Carlyle Historical House, situated just across the street from the City Square, is truly a great museum filled with artifacts of mid-18th century life in Alexandria. A complete restoration in the 1970s preserved this treasure. As we entered the house, we were warmly...More

1  Thank moarng06
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We bought the key to the city pass at the welcome center and it included a ticket to the Carlyle House. We learned a lot of interesting information during our visit. Prior to our visit all we knew came from the PBS show Mercy Street....More

Thank Charles P
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I may be partial in this review as I am a descendant of John Carlyle. We were the last tour of the day so the pace was leisurely. A lot of interesting questions were posed by the small group of 6 we joined. The guide...More

1  Thank Pinktower
Reviewed 20 April 2017

-Location: Fairfax St. In front of the city hall. Half a block from the visitor center. 2 blocks from Waterfront. -Tour: Arrived for the 11a.m tour.Tour is $5.00 and lasted 45 minutes. There is a video that you can watch at the beginning of the...More

Thank teresa3000
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The Carlyle House pre-dates the Revolutionary War, survived that war and also made it through the Civil War as a hotel used by Union soldiers. Very interesting tour of both eras and now is highlighted after being seen on the TV show, "Mercy Street". The...More

Thank lwatson259
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
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

Thank KailuaGal
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