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Carlyle House, Alexandria

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Carlyle House is a historic mansion in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, built by Scottish merchant John Carlyle in 1751 to 1752 in the Georgian style.

It is situated in the city's Old Town at 121 North Fairfax Street between Cameron and King Street. To the west, at one block of distance is located the Gadsby's Tavern and at three blocks of distance Christ Church. To the south of the house at three blocks of distance is located the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop. To the east at two blocks of distance are located Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

The house, which is architecturally unique as the only stone 18th-century Palladian Revival style residence in Alexandria, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, and was restored in 1976.
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  • We really enjoyed the tour. We were the only ones on our particular tour, and were able to ask a lot of questions. Tour guide was great. Definitely recommend the tour. But if time doesn't allow, the.....  more
    We really enjoyed the tour. We were the only ones on our particular tour, and were able to ask a lot of questions. Tour guide was great. Definitely recommend the tour. But if time doesn't allow, the.....  more »
  • The house completed in 1753 by John Carlyle, a wealthy Scottish merchant, who married into the Fairfax family. Enter on left side of the house to the gift shop and museum to purchase tickets for... 
    The house completed in 1753 by John Carlyle, a wealthy Scottish merchant, who married into the Fairfax family. Enter on left side of the house to the gift shop and museum to purchase tickets for...  more »
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  • Went to Alexandria to spend the day there on a recent trip to DC, and this was on the list of places to see in town. This review is for the grounds only, I did not do the tour of the house. The house is gorgeous, reminiscence of the mansions you see in Newport, RI and Long Island, NY. Felt like you traveled back in time. The garden area was very nice and peaceful. I didn’t like the white tent in the back of the house, felt like it ruined the vibe and aesthetic of the house, and ruins the atmosphere.
  • Kathy (Cathy?) did a great job leading her first tour. I'm a museum worker and my wife is a history teacher - so we're tough critics! There's reasonable parking right across the street and the grounds are very beautiful. It is not wheelchair accessible and its a little dark, but very atmospheric and places to sit throughout the tour. Saturday perfect trip: park for free under the main market square, get breakfast and coffee at the farmers market, then hop over to the museum and enjoy the tour and gardens. Keep up the good work!

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