Carlyle House Historic Park

Carlyle House Historic Park Carlyle House Historic Park, built in 1753, was the home of merchant and town founder John Carlyle. Today, the museum interprets colonial life through tours, events and educational programs.Visit your other regional parks at www.nvrpa.org!
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We are so excited to welcome back our amazing garden volunteers as well as several new volunteers! Thank you for your ti...
06/26/2020

We are so excited to welcome back our amazing garden volunteers as well as several new volunteers! Thank you for your time and talent to keep our grounds beautiful!

Carlyle House Historic Park
06/26/2020

Carlyle House Historic Park

“History is a guide to a better future and demonstrates that we can become a better society—but only if we collectively ...
06/23/2020

“History is a guide to a better future and demonstrates that we can become a better society—but only if we collectively demand it from each other and from the institutions responsible for administering justice.”
—Historian & Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G.Bunch, May 31, 2020

Carlyle House Historic Park's cover photo
06/23/2020

Carlyle House Historic Park's cover photo

06/23/2020
Try Yoga 101! It's good for you and only $5!

Thinking of trying yoga but don't feel comfortable going to a yoga studio or class at the gym? Never fear: Try Yoga 101 at 9 am on Saturday, June 27 on the Carlyle House Magnolia Terrace! It's outside (under a tent) in a relaxed and beautiful setting hidden in the magnolias. You will get a little history, basics of the "equipment" (borrow a mat from a friend!) and introduction to a few basic poses.
Call 703-549-2997, ext. 103 or email: [email protected] to reserve your spot for Saturday June 27 at 9 am! Pay upon arrival. Cash or credit!

Thanks to our colleagues Historic Alexandria, VA for the great post on Juneteenth! So much history yet to discover and l...
06/19/2020

Thanks to our colleagues Historic Alexandria, VA for the great post on Juneteenth! So much history yet to discover and learn to tell the full story.

#FactCheckFriday Although dates of emancipation vary from state to state, June 19th has come to be celebrated throughout the United States as a day to commemorate the end of slavery. Why this date? In 1865, General Granger announced that the enslaved people in Texas were free. Texans began celebrating Juneteenth in 1866; Alexandrians have celebrated since 1889 on different days of the year and in different months. Celebrate this important date by immersing yourself in local African American history online: https://www.alexandriava.gov/114283 #HistoricALX2U

Testing the lighting on Carlyle House in red, yellow and green for Juneteenth.@manumissiontour @leefendallhousemuseum @a...
06/19/2020

Testing the lighting on Carlyle House in red, yellow and green for Juneteenth.
@manumissiontour @leefendallhousemuseum @alexandrialivingmag

Shop local for Father's Day! Check out the Museum Shop at Carlyle House for new pint glasses, shot glasses and more. Tue...
06/18/2020

Shop local for Father's Day! Check out the Museum Shop at Carlyle House for new pint glasses, shot glasses and more. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 4pm; Sunday 12 Noon - 4 pm Curb side pickup available.
#shoplocal #shopsmall #visitalexandria #visitalx #fathersdaygifts

Carlyle House has reopened and we are excited to welcome everyone to the museum and the grounds! Thank you @thezebrapres...
06/18/2020

Carlyle House has reopened and we are excited to welcome everyone to the museum and the grounds!

Thank you @thezebrapress @visitalexva @alexandriatimes @alexandrialivingmag @alxhistoricalsociety @alxnowdotcom for helping us get the word out!
#visitalxandria #visitalxva #leefendallhousemuseum #history #smallmuseums #learning #equalitymatters #museuminclusion

Join us for Virtual Trivia this Friday, June 19 - Juneteenth! The theme, on this important independence day, is People o...
06/18/2020

Join us for Virtual Trivia this Friday, June 19 - Juneteenth! The theme, on this important independence day, is People of Color and African American culture.
How to get involved:
1. Assemble your virtual team (quaranteened household members, neighbors, family and friends across the country or world!) up to 6 people.
2. One person register's for your team at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-trivia-night-juneteenth-tickets-109543995038?fbclid=IwAR3lFdinmGp48lXHsTqjPt0xU8H7I2oV2nghhVJ-Zd8e_2mTPYoUOaFdbeQ
3. Make a donation when you register to support 2 local museums and a local essential services nonprofit.
4. Establish team name.
5. Get ready to engage in friendly competition while connecting with family and friends and marking a day of freedom for the black community in America.
#juneteenth #juneteenth2020 #history #onlinetrivianight #historyinthemaking #museumfromhome #leefendallhousemuseum #visitalexva #onlinecommunitygames

Congratulations to the TC Titans Class of 2020! We are proud of you! #acpsk12 #TCTitans #TitanPride #Classof2020 #VisitA...
06/14/2020

Congratulations to the TC Titans Class of 2020! We are proud of you!
#acpsk12 #TCTitans #TitanPride #Classof2020 #VisitALX #oldtown #Lightupalexandria #TCW2020

YOGA is back! 5 pm on Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Saturdays! Email carlyle@nvrpa.org to secure your spot for this Tuesday (...
06/09/2020

YOGA is back! 5 pm on Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Saturdays! Email [email protected] to secure your spot for this Tuesday (June 9) and Saturday (June 13). Space is limited. You will receive an email confirming your reservation.
$5/class or $20 for 5 class pass
Get out and stretch out the kinks on the terrace!
#yoga #healthyliving

We hope you have been enjoying our Reel vs. Real Series! Here is our last one.Reel: Several southern sympathizers, inclu...
06/08/2020

We hope you have been enjoying our Reel vs. Real Series! Here is our last one.

Reel: Several southern sympathizers, including Frank Stringfellow, are involved in a plot to blow up the hospital.

Real: From the January 10, 1862 issue of The Local News: The Mansion House affair‐‐ The town was rife yesterday with rumors of a diabolical attempt to blow up the United States hospital at the Mansion House…. BUT…..It turns out that the true story was blown out of proportion (pun intended). There was no powder; the matches and Chinese crackers were in an upper floor where they belonged, and the fuse wire was found lying in a ditch seventy‐five feet away from any buildings.

#bringingustoyou #museumsathome #19thcenturyhistory #mansionhouse

Today's activity is based off our 19th century history. If you've watched Mercy Street or have seen some of our other Fa...
06/07/2020

Today's activity is based off our 19th century history. If you've watched Mercy Street or have seen some of our other Facebook and Instagram posts, you may know that Confederate spy Frank Stringfellow was the sweetheart of Mansion House's Emma Green. Today's activity is a maze where you can help the two sweethearts find each other!

#bringingustoyou #museumathome #mansionhouse #19thcenturyhistory #carlylehousehistory

Don't forget to sign up for Virtual Trivia by this Thursday, June 4! Theme is PRIDE month! Donations will support two gr...
06/02/2020
Virtual Trivia Night

Don't forget to sign up for Virtual Trivia by this Thursday, June 4! Theme is PRIDE month! Donations will support two great local house museums and a fantastic local nonprofit that has been serving thousands of people with emergency food during this challenging time - ALIVE!
Click here to learn more and register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-trivia-night-tickets-102993518386

#alive4alexandria #leefendallhousemuseum #trivia #Pridemonth #VisitAlexandriaVA

Make way for ducks! Our site manager happily helped escort a Mama Duck and her ducklings towards the Potomac River.  The...
06/01/2020

Make way for ducks! Our site manager happily helped escort a Mama Duck and her ducklings towards the Potomac River. The gentlemen in the picture committed to walking them all the way to the waterfront. Our site manager served as crossing guard for a couple blocks before heading over to @CarlyeHouse. Several other socially distanced folks joined in to help! Signs of hope.
#VisitAlexandriaVA #ducklings #museums #hope #community #AlexandriaVAGov #nature

Welcome to our next Reel Vs. Real!Reel: A financial arrangement between Green and the Union Army for the use of Green’s ...
06/01/2020

Welcome to our next Reel Vs. Real!

Reel: A financial arrangement between Green and the Union Army for the use of Green’s property is unspecified.

Real: By direction of the Secretary of War in 1861, the Surgeon‐General of the Army selected the Mansion House Hotel for use as a hospital. Surgeon‐General C.A. Finley rented the property for $750/month. When Green tried to collect the first month’s rent, the Army refused because Green had not signed the Oath of Allegiance. After Green signed the Oath in May of 1865, the Army continued to rebuff his requests for repayment. In January of 1883, the Court of Claims ruled that Green’s heirs be awarded $32,750 in back rent for the period November 1861‐ June 1865. It was too late for James Green, who died on September 8, 1880.

Want to read more about the court case? Your can find it on google books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Fw5DAQAAMAAJ&rdid=book-Fw5DAQAAMAAJ&rdot=1

#bringingustoyou #museumsathome #greenfamily #mansionhouse #19thcenturyhistory

Activity time! Today's activity is a Carlyle House history crossword puzzle. Can't figure out the answeres? Explore our ...
05/31/2020

Activity time! Today's activity is a Carlyle House history crossword puzzle. Can't figure out the answeres? Explore our website and old Facebook posts, they will be able to help you out!

Want to know the answers? Email [email protected]

#museumfromhome #bringingustoyou #crosswordpuzzle #carlylehousehistory

The rest of the house saw a lot of changes when James Green renovated the house in the 1850s. Green removed the original...
05/28/2020

The rest of the house saw a lot of changes when James Green renovated the house in the 1850s. Green removed the original staircase and replaced it with an elliptical one (right photo). The restoration team removed this stair to replace it with a more appropriate stair during which they found the ghost marks of the original stair. The photo on the left is the current staircase being put in.

#Nationalpreservationmonth #preservationmonth #thisplacematters #restoration #historicpreservation #carlylehouse #1970s #bringingustoyou #museumsathome #tbt #throwbackthursday

Photographs: (left) Carlyle House Interior First Floor Room 100 Stair Hall Sep 1975 (right) Carlyle House Interior First Floor Room 100 Stair Oct 1973 (Carlyle House Archival Collection)

Honoring and remembering those who have given so much in service to our country.
05/25/2020

Honoring and remembering those who have given so much in service to our country.

For our third Real vs. Real, we take another look at the Green family.Reel: James and Jane Green have three children. Ji...
05/25/2020

For our third Real vs. Real, we take another look at the Green family.

Reel: James and Jane Green have three children. Jimmy, Emma, and Alice

Real: James and Jane Green had nine children, three sons and six daughters. Birth years range from 1827 (John William, Major in the CSA) to 1845 (Alice Elizabeth). Aliced had died on March 17, 1860.

(Family tree a copy from the Green family in the Carlyle House Research files)

#bringignustoyou #museumsfromhome #19thcenturyhistory #greenfamilyhistory #carlylehousehistory

Take some time and play Carlyle Bingo today! Repost in your stories and tag us. If you get Bingo bring in your card when...
05/24/2020

Take some time and play Carlyle Bingo today! Repost in your stories and tag us. If you get Bingo bring in your card when Carlyle House reopens for 10% off in the museum shop.

#museumfromhome #bringingustoyou #bingo

The only other change that James Green made to the Dining Room itself was the door heights. As you can see in the pictur...
05/21/2020

The only other change that James Green made to the Dining Room itself was the door heights. As you can see in the pictures, the "ghosts" of the original pediments were underneath the ones Green had put up when he raised the door in the 1850s. The doorways and pediments have been restored to the height of the 18th century home.

#Nationalpreservationmonth #preservationmonth #thisplacematters #restoration #historicpreservation #carlylehouse #1970s #bringingustoyou #museumsathome #tbt #throwbackthursday

Photograph: Carlyle House Interior First Floor Room 103 April 1973 (Carlyle House Archival Collection)

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05/18/2020

NOVA Parks

We know you're missing the parks - we are too! Let's share some memories! Tag @novaparksva and share some of your favorite photos you've taken while visiting any of our properties - we'll share as many as we can here and on our park pages!

Today we'll be looking at our next Reel vs Rea segmentl!Reel: James Green Jr (Jimmy) is lame and can’t fight in the war....
05/18/2020

Today we'll be looking at our next Reel vs Rea segmentl!

Reel: James Green Jr (Jimmy) is lame and can’t fight in the war.

Real: James Edwin Green (1838-1917) was a founding member of the “Old Dominion Virginia Rifles,” a volunteer militia which was organized on December 6, 1860. The Old Dominion Virginia Rifles joined with nine other companies to form the 17th Virginia Infantry, Confederate States of America (CSA) on June 10, 1861. Green served as a Lieutenant in Company H of the 17th Virginia Infantry. His commanding officer was Captain Arthur Herbert, John Carlyle’s great grandson, born in Carlyle House in 1829.

Photo of James E. Green's gravestone at Ivy Hill cemetery. Photo Courtsey of Find A Grave

#bringingustoyou #museumsathome #visitalx #19thcenturyhistory #greenfamilyhistory #carlylehousehistory

Your activity for today is our Word Search! Discover names and subjects related to Carlyle House's history. Answers can ...
05/17/2020

Your activity for today is our Word Search! Discover names and subjects related to Carlyle House's history. Answers can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or backwards.

Want to know the solution? Email us at [email protected]

#bringingustoyou #carlylehousehistory #museumathome #wordsearchpuzzle

And the peonies are going to burst this weekend at Carlyle House!
05/15/2020

And the peonies are going to burst this weekend at Carlyle House!

Our Dining Room has been the witness to different moments in history including General Braddock's meeting with the Royal...
05/14/2020

Our Dining Room has been the witness to different moments in history including General Braddock's meeting with the Royal Governors in 1755 and is the room in the house that has contained most of it's original materials over the years. One of the exceptions is the one window on the north wall.

John Carlyle had this originally as a window and it stayed a window until James Green's tenure in the 1850s when he built a wing from the Mansion House Hotel to the Dining Room and made this a door. During the 1910s, Ernst Wagar removed the wing and turned it into a cupboard. The restoration team removed the cupboard in the 1970s and put the window back in.

#Nationalpreservationmonth #preservationmonth #thisplacematters #restoration #historicpreservation #carlylehouse #1970s #bringingustoyou #museumsathome #tbt #throwbackthursday

Photographs: Carlyle House Interior First Floor Room 103 Cupboard on North Wall April 1973 (Carlyle House Archival Collection)

Welcome to our first Real vs Real which looks at our history that inspired Mercy Street!Reel: The Greens remain in Carly...
05/11/2020

Welcome to our first Real vs Real which looks at our history that inspired Mercy Street!

Reel: The Greens remain in Carlyle House during the war and the house is down the street, but within sight of the hospital

Real: On November 8, 1861, the Union Army gave James two days to remove his family and his belongings from his house and hotel. Even with the help from the employees of the furniture factory, the move took over aw week. We believe that the Greens moved to one of their other properties in Alexandria, possibly a house on Prince St. As to the distance between Carlyle House and Mansion House Hospital, the hospital sat directly in front of Carlyle House, approximately thirty feet from the front door.

Photo: West Elevation of Carlyle on left, east elevation of the Hotel on the right. Circa 1900.

#bringingustoyou #museumsathome #visitalx #19thcenturyhistory #carlylehousehistory #greenhistory

05/08/2020
Carlyle House Palladio

Good Evening! We hoped you enjoyed our first Jamb Session! As a bonus feature we thought we would show your our newly conserved Palladio book including a peak at one of the fold outs.

Thank you Tom Albro for the amazing work done and to the Friends of Carlyle House who chose the book to be their Annual Fundraiser!!

#bringingustoyou #museumathome #architecture #palladio #friendsofcarlylehouse #conservation #museumcollection #collectionpiece

Address

121 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Directions: 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. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. Take the Blue and Yellow lines to the King Street Metro station. Pick up the free trolley at the station, which runs every 15 minutes from 10:00am to 10:00pm. Head down to Fairfax Street, the museum is 1 block up Fairfax Street going North, a block from the Ramsay House Visitor Center. If you arrive before 10:00am, take the DASH bus for $1.00. You will need to take the AT2, AT5, or AT7 via Old Town to get to ROYAL STREET. Metered and hourly street parking is available throughout Old Town, and the underground Market Square Lot provides parking at a reasonable rate just across the street from Carlyle House.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(703) 549-2997

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Hey Carlyle House fans! Please be sure to join us for: Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace Tuesday’s 5-6pm Saturday’s 10:30-11:30am Limited space, first come first served. Please bring mat, towel and water and a scarf or bandana in case you feel like you have to cough or sneeze! $5 a class or 5 classes for $20
Carlyle House was invaded by T-Rex's tonight and we had a blast!
Photo of a girl ghost holding a poodle at the Carlyle House
History in my hood! The brain is a most remarkable human organ! Passing by a special celebration at Carlyle House Historic Park I spied some Hessian Officer's amidst the Red Coats. Curious, I went to speak with them and they greeted me auf Deutsch. I responded in kind and the gentlemen were intrigued. They began to play a song for me and asked me to accompany them. They handed me a sheet of music and I turned the page to find a song I instantly recognized and broke into song. I don't know how, I don't remember where, I only know I knew the song and they joined me. It was probably on an old record my folks would play when we lived in Germany many years ago. But the brain recalled instantly the tune....even if I couldn't recall where I put my key's to the house (they were in my pocket!!!) I recalled that song word-for-word! Thanks for the lovely remembrance Herr Ben Williams (aka Kapt'n von Huyn) Du, du liegst mir im Herzen du, du liegst mir im Sinn. Du, du machst mir viel Schmerzen, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin. Ja, ja, ja, ja, weißt nicht wie gut ich dir bin.
Two reasons to visit Alexandria, VA... Carlyle House Historic Park, and City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums!
Wonderful Friends of Carlyle House Annual Meeting!
The Virginia Regiment Capt.George Mercer's Company will be there on April 7th, Huzzah!
Enjoyed our visit today!
A topic that was certainly on John Carlyle's mind as a trans-Atlantic merchant!