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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 2 November 2017

After entering, our initial contact was with Gary, so charismatic, generous and approachable. Due in large part to him, our first impression was breathtaking. He was filled with stories told with enthusiasm and history! The man is the history teacher every student wants. Thanks to...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thank you, madam, for your kind words about Gary. While he sometimes has more hair than wit, he is always very excited to share his knowledge of my home and the history of the area. His delivery and energy level should not be compared to...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

This was our first stop of our self guided walking tour. We were there when it opened, and our docent was excellent. What was life like in the mid 1700's? You can see it- the furniture, the art, the clothing, the colors, the people, the...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear Sir, I read your review while enjoying a good cup of bohea and thank you most warmly for your kind words. Our guided tours through my home are among the finest in town. If you plan to visit our town again, please check out...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

The volunteer docent who conducted us around the house was superb in her detailed knowledge and the way in which she made the house come to life. The history of the growth of Alexandria and the subsequent fortunes and misfortunes of the house owners made...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Gads, for these wonderful words, I thank you, most kindly. I own myself I am also fond of our fair town that is Alexandria. My amiable volunteers are of the finest in the town who take pride in my home and the city itself. I...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Paula was our fabulous tour guide! Her knowledge was extensive of the Carlyle home. We'd been so taken with the tour we forgot to check out the gardens!More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

I am so pleased that you enjoyed Ms. Paula's company. I find her to be of the highest character of those in my employ. Do not fret about not viewing the grounds as the season is at its end. I invite you to return to...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

For only $5 we could tour John Carlyle's home modeled after Scottish castles. Lots of authentic details from wall paint to home medical equipment are preserved here for viewing. The tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable as well. This is a primary site which inspired...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

I am pleased that my home met with your approbations. I endeavored to build a home much like those in my homeland using the finest Aquia sandstone. When you are in our fair city again, please stop by.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Carlyle house is the scene of early Colonial America. It's a great beginning to start your historical tour.More

Thank wt563
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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Indeed, I agree. I can think of no better site to begin your journey than my humble abode. Afterward, you must see our city and all of its wonders. I own myself I am too fond of many of the taverns and shops within walking...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Tour was a quick walk through on the same day of the St. Patricks Day Parade. Lovely home, but not as engaging as I would have liked. The Mercy Street exhibit was interesting.More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

My apologies for the quickness of your visit. Holidays such as St. Patrick's tend to invite the masses. I invite you to return to my home when next you are in Alexandria. I believe that you will be vastly pleased with your visit as my...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

A house built by one of the founders of Alexandria back in the 18th century! The docent was excellent and knew her stuff. An excellent view into the beginnings of America almost like we were there.

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Huzzah! I find my staff to be of the finest character and your kind words fill my heart with joy. Thank you for visit. I invite you to stop in again in the near future.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Completed in 1753, the Carlyle House is said to be one of the nation's finest examples of Georgian residential architecture. Main floor restorations are superb, but the upstairs has yet to be finished and the later history exhibit upstairs should be relocated in the basement...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

My thanks to you for your grand compliments and observations. My staff and I endeavor to make my home as welcome and interesting to visitors of all interests. Our exhibits are always changing in hopes that visitors such as yourself will return again and again....More

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Built in 1753 by using indentured and slave labor, this impressively restored mansion sits rather grandly some way from the street. Interesting fact, in the 1800’s there was a hotel, the Mansion House Hotel, which was known as one of the best hotels on the...More

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JohnCarlyle1720, Owner at Carlyle House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Fie! Truer words could not replace those which you have written. I was pleased to have been able to situate my home further from the street, despite its not being in accordance with the town rules. Thank you for your review of my home and...More

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