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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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+1 703-549-2997
10:00 - 16:00
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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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Colonial downstairs, Civil War upstairs

Carlyle House is a partially restored colonial mansion with many original pieces of furniture. The docent tour of the renovated first floor focused on the colonial history of the... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Ann V
Ellicott City, Maryland
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Carlyle House is a partially restored colonial mansion with many original pieces of furniture. The docent tour of the renovated first floor focused on the colonial history of the house and the Fairfax and Carlyle families. It was excellent. The second floor exhibition focused on the mansion as a Civil War site, when it was part of the Mansion House... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This house is set in late colonial times (French and Indian war) and is quite interesting if you like history. The guide will explain the furniture, the decorations(wallpaper, paint, etc), the people who lived there, and what was going on at the time. I liked learning about how they analysed the layers of paint to figure out what it looked... More 

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Massapequa Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We really enjoyed the tour of this home, which was occupied by Union forces during the Civil War. It dates to the Revolutionary War as well, which only made it more interesting. Upstairs is some information about "Mercy Street", although the hospital was next door.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

This was a really interesting house tour. It was just under an hour long, and the docent had lots of interesting stories about the house and Carlisle family, as well as a bit about Alexandria itself. Everything in the house is "no touching" so don't bring your small children. It would perhaps be a bit dull for even a 10... More 

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rhode island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

At the Atheneum we were told this was a "must-see" tour. It was interesting, but we enjoyed other Alexandria sites more. The docent told information about the house's georgian design and the Carlyle family. One room of the tour is intentionally left so that you can see the structure of the home, another part is more self led, though the... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

an average type old mansion tour; nice woman guide at least; the man running admissions thru the gift shop was a bit tacky; the rooms downstairs were in nice condition; a usual old home tour...upstairs was set up as the civil war era as the union hospital ...that part was nice but there wasn't enough display wise...wish they had more... More 

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O'Fallon, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gardens free to the public. Passionate, interesting tour guide that explains and describes the early years of this house through the Revolutionary War years. The first floor is full of period and reproduction pieces. Then you are led upstairs and shown a few pictures of the house pre-restoration and some posters about the medical care and persons who helped... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

Claire Cooper was an excellent tour guide at this outstanding Colonial era home of historic significance, and located in Old Town Alexandria, VA with so much to see an do. Highly recommend a tour at this venue.

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Seattle WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Went there as part of a ghost tour. Interesting history and once an amazing location.You should see it though it might not be worth the price of admission.

Thank Capetownrio
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome Food...great chef...awesome restaurant great ambiance.....very enjoyable for whole family....has a awesome outside area fits in as a beautiful patio cafe.... Very romantic.... Please take time out to enjoy.... Beautiful service with a hearty smile HAS several levels.....TO resturant..make reservations Very busy place....

Thank Patricia M

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