Carlyle House Historic Park

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Carlyle House Historic Park

Virginia

(703) 549-2997

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Overview

The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. Their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five royal governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War.

On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house. Daily tours of the house, programs for schoolchildren, special events, exhibits and lectures explore the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary Alexandria. The site may be rented in the evenings for private functions and weddings.

Map of Carlyle House Park

Latitude, Longitude: 38.804994, -77.042441

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Tours are given on the hour and on the half hour. The museum is wheelchair accessible on one of the three floors. Carlyle House is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday noon - 4 pm

Seasonality/Weather

Spring and fall are generally comfortable with precipitation possible. Summers can be hot and humid with average temperatures in the high 80s and with sudden thunderstorms possible. July and August are the hottest months. Winters can be cold with average temperatures in the winter of 41 degrees with variable precipitation.

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Directions

Driving

The Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax.

Public Transportation

Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).

Phone Numbers

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(703) 549-2997

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