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CARLYLE HOUSE HISTORIC PARK                  703-549-2997
121 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314

DIRECTIONS: 1/2 block north of King Street in Alexandria.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, a 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 colonial 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.

PARKING:  Street parking only.

TYPES OF PATHS TO:  Brick paths with no steep grades.

ENTRANCE:  On basement level at side of house.  Entry doors, 40 in. wide, easily open in with latch handle. 

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Basement level.  Doors 32 in. wide, open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 35 in. wide doors opening in, and handrails.  Sink height 31 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Unisex and/or companion assisted rest room available at public rest rooms.

For guests with hearing disabilities, there are written scripts.  

For guests with mobility disabilities, the museum is wheelchair accessible on one of three floors which is the basement level. 

GARDEN: 18th-century style garden with brick walks, benches, and boxwood parterres, a respite from the town’s hustle and bustle.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Admission Fee. Hours: Closed Mon; Tues - Sat 10-4; Sun 12-4 Dec 24 10-1. Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1.


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