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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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+1 703-549-2997
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10:00 - 16:00
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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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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
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Well worth the hour tour

Although there is no self guided option, the hour long, $5 tour is well paced and a good overview to wider Alexandria through the lens of the Carlyle and Greene families.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
millercd
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Alexandria, Virginia
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's an old House. If you've seen one, you've kind of seen them all. The rooms are smaller than you'd think on the inside. But it's still an important part of Alexandria History. Plus they change their exhibits out. Definitely worth admission with the Key to the City (multi-museum) pass

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although there is no self guided option, the hour long, $5 tour is well paced and a good overview to wider Alexandria through the lens of the Carlyle and Greene families.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local home in Alexandria, some of the original furnishings remain, but some are missing or the carpets, wall paper has been replicated. Tour was very short, didn't feel like we saw the whole house.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here in the late 80s and then again in 2016. The renovations that took place since the 80's were well received. The grouds were amazing. Standing there wondering if one of our early president's stood where i stood was great.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been on the tour many times, and always learn something new. The history of the family, and overall presentation of the home, from period, is amazing. It's not a huge time commitment, so if you have 45 minutes to an hour, go check it out!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is my first visit to Alexandria. After a stroll along the Potomac we toured this historic, beautiful house right in the heart of the city.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and it offered facinating information on medical care during the Civil War.

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Nellysford, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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.

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