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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: +1 703-549-2997
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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 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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Clifton, Virginia

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 wander past the paid entry sign directing you into the home or meander thru the... More 

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York, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Pittsburgh) in 1755. The home is also the basis of the PBS series, "Mercy Street",... More 

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Nathalie, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped in just to get a flavor for the place and ended up joining a tour of just 3 people. It was $5 and took about an hour, which was a good amount of time. I liked our guide and it was nice to have a small group so we could engage in Q & A. The first owner... More 

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phoenix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Go here and the Apothecary Museum and you will know all you need too. I went in Oct which is the mourning month. The people here are OUTSTANDING in their knowledge of the area. The fellow in the tiny bookstore [where I spent a lot of money, but you get a 10% discount by giving a review on one of... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were too late to go inside to visit, the exterior of the building and grounds are beautiful. Great picture spot too. Would return for a visit if possible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The history of this house is outstanding. It survived the Civil War, Union occupation and being requisitioned for a military hospital. It really is worth a see, and don't skip the movie downstairs by the gift shop.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We enjoyed an excellent meal - the meatloaf was fantastic! The decor and history of the place was entertaining. The door itself told us this was not a 'usual' place to eat. Tables are a bit close together, but authentic to the period. Staff was quick and friendly.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is great to keep history alive and this is one of the fun historic homes one can tour in Old Town. During this time period they are reenacting Mr. Carlyle's passing. Made for interesting explanations. We enjoyed our guide Hank. Spend time upstairs as well as the time shifts from Revolutionary times to Civil War era.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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