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!
Due to the forecast we are canceling July 20th's Yoga class. Stay cool out there!
The next class will be Tuesday, July 23rd at 5:30. Class is just $5 or buy a 5 class pass for $20.
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--THE OVERPASS OF SAFETY AND INNOVATION
As many Northern Virginia residents already know, the W&OD Trail is one of the most used parks that is owned and operated by NOVA Parks. NOVA Parks was an innovator in creating one of the first rails to trails projects in the nation, and a model for many that followed.
From the first 1.5 mile section of trail that opened in 1974, sections of the old railroad were purchased and redeveloped as a trail throughout the 1980’s.
By the early 1990’s, a pressing need had become obvious on the W&OD. Trail users had to battle four lanes of traffic to cross Route 7 in Falls Church. NOVA Parks had built other overpasses on the trail route but this area called for something much larger.
It's going to be a hot one for Yoga this evening! (July 16th) Make sure to bring plenty of water with you. Class starts at 5:30pm and is only $5
Jeff Hancock stopped by yesterday to take some photographs for one of our upcoming projects.
Any guesses what the Carlyle House staff is working on?
#hancockphotography #projects #readyforourcloseup #museumwork @ Carlyle House Historic Park
Looking for something to do tomorrow (July 15th) with the kids? Join us for our 2nd session of Read, See, Do at 2pm.
We'll be reading Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything. After finishing the book we'll be completing some fun activities. This program is free.
The weather is perfect for this morning's Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace at 10am! Class is $5.
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--AT THE END OF THE WATER
Occoquan Regional Park was opened in 1983. The spacious 350-acre site is a great example of NOVA Parks’ commitment to regional cooperation and preservation of the history in Northern Virginia. The name Occoquan comes from the native Dogue Indians and means “at the end of the water.” This name reminds park visitors that water recreation in a natural setting is a welcome feature of the area. The site takes full advantage of its river access.
Weather is going to be great for tonights (July 9th) yoga class at 5:30! We'll see you there!
#yoga #uniquespaces #summerevening
We will be moving the Read, See, Do program to inside Carlyle House this afternoon due to the weather.
It looks like tomorrow's thunderstorms will hold off until the afternoon so we'll be all set for July 6th's yoga class at 10am!
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--SAVED LAND BECOMES POPULAR DESTINATION
Today we throw back to one of the most dramatic land acquisitions in NOVA Parks' history.
NOVA Parks has always been on the forefront of acquiring land in the Northern Virginia region for the purposes of preservation, conservation, and recreation. Since it's founding 60 years ago, NOVA Parks has acquired over 12,000 acres of land. The process of acquiring more parkland never stops.
It was the 1970s when the area that would become Upton Hill Regional Park was purchased by NOVA Parks. The process was not to be made easy, however.
Monday, July 8th kicks off out annual Read, See, Do program at 2pm! This free program is in partnership with the Alexandria Library. The children's librarian will read a story and then we will complete an activity on the Magnolia Terrace
Trivia Hint for June 28th's image round:
Brush up on Marvel characters from movies for this week’s trivia. Some may be heroes, some may be villains, and some may be anti-heroes.
Throwback Thursday--NOVA Parks--Aquarama
NOVA Parks has been known throughout the years for many things. One thing that continues is we are a risk-taking innovator.
Today, we throwback to the year 1982, when gas cost .98 cents a gallon and the first issue of USA Today was published. This was the year Pohick Bay Regional Park celebrated its 10th anniversary-- and what better way to do it than with a big party? And it would be called “The Aquarama.”
It's going to be perfect weather for tonight's (June 25th) yoga class at 5:30! Make sure to bring water and a towel! We hope to see you there!
#visitALX #yoga #uniquespaces
Our celebrations are up and running! We'll be here until 4. @ Carlyle House Historic Park
It's a beautiful evening for our Friends Annual Meeting!
Interested in joing the Friends of Carlyle House? Check out our website for more information.
The weather is looking perfect for June 22nd! Don't forget to join us for Yoga at 10am and then Huzzah Alexandria! Huzzah Nova Parks! From 12pm-4pm.
@novaparks @dchousemuseums #yoga #summerdays #dcmuseums #dcmuseum #visitALX #historyisfun #historichousemuseums @ Carlyle House Historic Park
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--W&OD TRAIL– HISTORY OF SAFETY
Throughout its existence, the W&OD Trail has been one of the most used assets of NOVA Parks. We pride ourselves in maintaining the trail and allowing it to become so popular that residents of the region, and visitors alike, speak of it today as an integral part of Northern Virginia.
Looking back to 1999, we find an example of how NOVA Parks endeavored to make the experience of the trail both safer and more enjoyable for its users through the use of an entrepreneurial spirit and an understanding of positive partnerships.
In July 1749, John Carlyle bought lots 41 & 42 in the new town of Alexandria to build himself a grand home. 210 years later, the entity that would save his house was formed. Join us this Saturday, June 22nd from 12pm-4pm for our free open house to celebrate the foundings of Alexandria and @novaparks
Due to the threat of thunderstorms this evening we have decided to cancel tonight's Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace. Our next class will be on June 22nd at 10am.
Starting to dream of the weekend already? On Saturday, June 22nd, we some great ideas for you. Start the morning off with Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace at 10am. Check out the farmers markets and then come back in the afternoon for our free Huzzah, Alexandria! Huzzah, NOVA Parks! program. Enjoy an early celebration of both Alexandria and NOVA Parks birthdays with reenactors and cake!
Hands on History tent is in full swing!! Make sure to come by for this free event! We''ll be here until 4pm.
#historyisfun #free @ Carlyle House Historic Park
We had an amazing turn out this morning for Yoga! Our next class is Tuesday at 5:30.
Don't miss out all the great events we've got going on tomorrow, June 15th!
Join us at 10am for Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace. Then from 12pm-4pm we have our annual free Hands on History Tent (not just for kids!)
For this week’s Trivia Nights at Historic Sites image round familiarize yourself with Netflix original shows of all categories.
THROWBACK THURSDAY-- NOVA PARKS—BUILDING FOR WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT
Fountainhead Regional Park is part of NOVA Parks’ largest continuous acreage of parkland. Covering over 6,000 acres of parkland and over 25 miles along the southern border of Fairfax County, this area along the Bull Run and Occoquan Rivers and Reservoir protects the drinking water source for one million people. The Idea for Fountainhead was simple: offer a myriad of outdoor pursuits that cater to those who want an outdoor adventure.
Why yes, we agree that a visit to Carlyle House Historic Park is a key feature of any visit to Alexandria. Alexandria, Virginia NOVA Parks
Now that summer has officially started, gather up your loved ones and head down one of the east coast’s most charming cities, Alexandria, Virginia.
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--SWING YOUR BATS AND PUTTERS
NOVA Parks has always had a knack for providing the people of the region interesting, unique and fun activities throughout the regional park system. A big part of what defines NOVA PARKS is inclusion, the idea that the spaces and endeavors we provide can be experienced by all abilities and enjoyed by persons of all ages. Along with offering outdoor spaces for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and boating, NOVA Parks’ recreational areas also have a history of providing traditional fun for visitors. Today, we throwback to the opening of two places that offered traditional fun for NOVA Parks visitors.
The weather is looking great for Yoga tomorrow (June 4th). Class starts at 5:30pm. Class is only $5!
Weather looks perfect for tomorrow's yoga class at 10am. Class is only $5!
We have a cannon! Thanks to the generosity of the Society of Colonial Wars, District of Columbia, we now have an exact replica of one of General Braddock's six-pounder cannons in the front yard. Come check it out!
For this week’s Trivia Nights at Historic Sites image round familiarize yourself with books, specifically those that have been turned into films. The minimalist images will be your only clue to the book title.
Still figuring out plans for the weekend? We've got a couple of ideas for you!
Friday- Join us at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden for Trivia Nights at Historic Sites at 7pm
Saturday- Start the day with Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace at 10am. Then head over the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Alexandria where there will be tons of activities and we'll have a table set up.
THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--KEEPING THE POOLS COOL
Through the years, NOVA Parks has been known for many things. One of those things is their pools, and the other is their creative innovation. Previous stories about how those pools came to be, like the ashtray drawing that became the Pohick Bay Pool, the trip to Alabama to see the wave pool that inspired Cameron Run, and the idea of building a large, all-inclusive pool at Bull Run, told us how first-generation recreational areas began. As we all know, however, time marches forward. And as it does, the need for change and innovation follows closely.
Today, we look back at the period of 2008 - 2012, when an innovation mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit aided NOVA Parks to make changes that transformed pools into popular themed waterparks.
Our next Trivia Night with @leefendallhousemuseum is this Friday, May 31st at 7pm. Tickets are still available. Keep an eye on social media Friday for the clue for the image round.
John and Sybil's third child, George William was born on this day in 1766. He's the only child of this marriage to survive into his teenage years. After his father's death in 1780, George William would join the militia and make his way to the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons. He would be killed on September 8, 1781 at the Battle of Eutaw Springs. He was 15 years old.
After the long weekend, get back into the groove by joining us tomorrow (May 28th) for Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace. Class is $5 a person and we start at 5:30pm.
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25th at 10am with Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace.
Don't miss out on this fantastic tour!
Join the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Carlyle House Historic Park for one last day of our special Pillars to Pavers tour!
Tag someone you’d like to go on the tour with in the comments below and be entered to win one FREE ticket to our 2:00 PM tour this Saturday, May 25!
As National Preservation Month draws to a close, explore how Alexandria has protected its historic resources over the decades, and how the debate over preservation is still ongoing. This unique tour explores rarely-seen spaces at Lee-Fendall House and Carlyle House as well as two historic private homes.
The image below shows a view of the old vaults at Carlyle House Historic Park.
Today, we rewind to the late 1970’s and early 1980s. Back then, Darrell Winslow, Capital Programs Director for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, was tasked with finding new opportunities for parks and recreation in our region.
Mr. Winslow recalled hearing about this new type of pool.... a wave pool. After bringing up the idea in a staff meeting, he convinced his Executive Director at the time to take a trip with him. Mr. Winslow wanted to see firsthand what this wave pool thing was all about, and there was one place in the country that had already built one; Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. The trip was going to be for just one day, so when he arrived at the airport and the airline attendant asked him if he had luggage to check, Mr. Winslow simply held up a plastic bag containing a bathing suit and smiled.
In only two more days you can experience this historic wave pool for yourself when Great Waves Waterpark opens on Saturday.
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.
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Alexandria Pipe and Drum stopped by. They'll be back around 2pm. Come hear them and come inside for our free open house!
One last dance for Mr. Carlyle's birthday. Thank you everyone who came! We hope you had as much fun as we did.
#partylikeits1779 #carlylesbirthday #299thbirthday #dchousemuseum #historichousemuseums #historyisfun
An enjoyable afternoon of dancing and music at Mr. Carlyle's birthday. We're here until 4pm. #299birthday #carlyle
We'll be telling stories til 10!
Going on now!
Going on now! They'll be here til 4.
Mark Adler of Cembaloworks testing the spinet after tuning it.
Mark Adler of Cembaloworks testing the spinet after tuning it.