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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01/30/2020
Carlyle House Historic Park

A throw back to last February at Mr. Carlyle's birthday. We are looking forward to dancing again on February 8th for Happy 300th Birthday John Carlyle!:.

Guests can participate in the dancing at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. We'll also have tons of games for guests to play throughout the house. No party is complete without birthday cake! We'll be serving Martha Washington's Great Cake along with some apple cider. Admission to the event is free!

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

Throwback Thursday--NOVA PARKS-- The Power Plant That Never WasToday we're looking back to our most read Throwback Thurs...
01/30/2020

Throwback Thursday--NOVA PARKS-- The Power Plant That Never Was

Today we're looking back to our most read Throwback Thursday post of last year.

Our most popular story is the story of Algonkian Regional Park. The park's story may be one of fate or simply just one of luck. The park spans 838 acres next to the Potomac River, a swath of land that was once set aside for a coal burning power plant.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/rDSt50y85ES

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #novaparks

Programming thru May is all set! We're looking forward to working with our friends Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden (Pi...
01/24/2020

Programming thru May is all set! We're looking forward to working with our friends Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden (Pillars to Pavers) Old Town Books (Emily Dickinson Tea) and Potomac Chocolate (Chocolate and Wine Tasting)!

We hope to see you all at many of these great programs! More information can be found on our website.

#partnershipsrock #historichousemuseums #visitALX #dcmuseums #springprograms #historicpreservation #somethingforeveryone #museumprograms #tellingthewholestory #thisplacematters

Did you know today is Library Shelfie Day? Here's a peek of some of the books we have on display at the house. While we ...
01/22/2020

Did you know today is Library Shelfie Day? Here's a peek of some of the books we have on display at the house.

While we don't have any of Carlyle's books, his probate inventory allowed us to buy books that he would have had in his library.

#visitALX #libraryshelfieday #carlyleslibrary #18thcenturybooks #readingisfun #historichousemuseums #dcmuseums @ Carlyle House Historic Park

On this day in 1761, John and Sarah's 7th child, Ann was born. #onthisday #otd #youngestdaughter
01/21/2020

On this day in 1761, John and Sarah's 7th child, Ann was born.

#onthisday #otd #youngestdaughter

Happy Opening Day Anniversary to us! On this day in 1976, we officially opened for tours after @novaparks restored the h...
01/18/2020

Happy Opening Day Anniversary to us! On this day in 1976, we officially opened for tours after @novaparks restored the house!

#visitALX #openingday #44yearsandcounting #onthisday #otd #dcmuseums #dcmuseum #historichousemuseums

We hope you all join us for an afternoon to celebrate John Carlyle's birthday on Feb 8th. Dance the afternoon away or tr...
01/16/2020

We hope you all join us for an afternoon to celebrate John Carlyle's birthday on Feb 8th. Dance the afternoon away or try your hand at 18th century games. Of course, no party would be complete without cake!

#visitALX #300thbirthday #historichousemuseums #birthdaycelebration #free

Did you know it's #museumselfieday today? Have you ever taken a selfie at Carlyle House? Share your favorite Carlyle sel...
01/15/2020

Did you know it's #museumselfieday today? Have you ever taken a selfie at Carlyle House? Share your favorite Carlyle selfies with us with #carlylehouseselfie

#museumselfie #historichousemuseums #visitALX

01/07/2020
AlexandriaVA.gov

Following NOVA Parks policy, Carlyle House will be closing early as well. Our last tour will be at 12:30pm though our gift shop and basement exhibits will be open until 1:30pm. We plan to reopen at 10am on Wednesday.

SNOW :: The National Weather Service is forecasting a heavy band of snow this afternoon, and travel during the afternoon commute may be dangerous. Non-emergency City personnel may take unscheduled leave between 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. today with supervisor approval. All City offices and non-emergency facilities will close at 2 p.m. Emergency personnel should report as scheduled.

Please check the weather forecast and current conditions for your commuting route before you begin travel.

Happy 2020! Thank you all for an amazing 2019, we look forward to another great year of programs and partnerships!#2020 ...
01/01/2020

Happy 2020! Thank you all for an amazing 2019, we look forward to another great year of programs and partnerships!

#2020 #hhmcholiday #dcmuseum #historichousemuseums #happynewyear

Happy 289th Birthday to Sarah Fairfax who was born on this day in 1730. On her 17th birthday, Sarah married John Carlyle...
12/31/2019

Happy 289th Birthday to Sarah Fairfax who was born on this day in 1730. On her 17th birthday, Sarah married John Carlyle.

#happybirthday #happyanniversary #celebrationsallaround #easyanniversarytoremember

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--THROW BACK AND LOOK FORWARD2019 has been a big year for NOVA Parks, our 60th Anniversary...
12/26/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--THROW BACK AND LOOK FORWARD

2019 has been a big year for NOVA Parks, our 60th Anniversary. In addition to creating some of the most iconic parks and places in our region, in many ways NOVA Parks helped create what we know as Northern Virginia today. As one of the first regional organizations, we helped build the identity of Northern Virginia as a unified region.

This year, we have turned out 52 stories, a throwback for every week in the year. As the last of those throwbacks, let’s look at this series and what they say about our past, and what NOVA Parks will be in the future.

The complete story: http://ow.ly/MNJK50xHngv

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

Merry Christmas!#holidayseason #christmas #visitalx
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas!
#holidayseason #christmas #visitalx

Happy Christmas Eve! #holidayseason #christmaseve #visitalx
12/24/2019

Happy Christmas Eve!
#holidayseason #christmaseve #visitalx

Do you have family coming in for the holidays? Bring them out to Carlyle House while they’re here! We’ll be open Tuesday...
12/22/2019

Do you have family coming in for the holidays? Bring them out to Carlyle House while they’re here!

We’ll be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. We will be closed December 24th, 25th, and January 1st.

#holidayseason #familyintown #historichousemuseums #visitalx #dcmuseums #hhmcholiday #dcmuseum

Thank you to everyone who donated at Carlyle House Historic Park to support the 2019 Toy Drive organized by Volunteer Al...
12/20/2019

Thank you to everyone who donated at Carlyle House Historic Park to support the 2019 Toy Drive organized by Volunteer Alexandria! We are proud to support our community.

FREE for 1st 100 guests at our sister site Cameron Run's Holiday Ice and Lights - tonight!
12/19/2019

FREE for 1st 100 guests at our sister site Cameron Run's Holiday Ice and Lights - tonight!

TONIGHT at Ice and Lights: The Holiday Village at Cameron Run arrive before 6PM and get FREE VIP ADMISSION (includes admission to the Holiday Village and Ice Skating).

(Free admission is limited to the first 100 people)

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #iceandlights #novaparks

Throughout the sixty years of its existence, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) has acquired some of...
12/19/2019

Throughout the sixty years of its existence, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) has acquired some of the most beautiful parkland and historical sites in the Northern Virginia region. Significant settings like this lend themselves to significant occasions like weddings. While we do not know the date of the first wedding in a NOVA Parks facility, we do know that by the 1990s weddings in our parks were growing and has continued to grow ever since.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/SyI650xDy2X

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #novaparks #60years

The Eventbrite closes at 4pm but we'll be selling tickets at the door!
12/14/2019
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

The Eventbrite closes at 4pm but we'll be selling tickets at the door!

Last chance to buy online! Tickets for tonight’s Yuletide by Candlelight tours will be available at Eventbrite until 4pm - but will be sold at the door at participating sites, including Lee-Fendall, Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

The rain will be gone by the time Yuletide by Candlelight starts so grab your tickets if you haven't already. The sites ...
12/14/2019

The rain will be gone by the time Yuletide by Candlelight starts so grab your tickets if you haven't already. The sites will be open tonight from 5pm-9pm.

Don't miss out on all the fun activities that will be featured at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden Gadsby's Tavern Museum Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and here!

#yuletidebycandlelight #holidayseason #visitALX #dcmuseums #hhmcholiday

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS—WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE CELEBRATED AT OCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARKWhile the Declaration of Indepe...
12/12/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS—WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE CELEBRATED AT OCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARK

While the Declaration of Independence declared “all men are created equal,” African American men did not gain the right to vote until the end of the Civil War (1865) and then had to struggle for decades to be able to fully use that right. Women did not gain the right to vote until 1920, also after decades of struggle!

The turning point in the long struggle for women’s right to vote happened in the early 20th century at a large prison complex near the north shore of the Occoquan River.

Complete story: http://ow.ly/wAQu50xxLwM

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #novaparks #60years

Jeff Hancock photo
12/09/2019

Jeff Hancock photo

Yuletide by Candlelight is this Saturday, Dec 14th from 5pm-9pm. Don't miss out on this fantastic evening of activities ...
12/09/2019

Yuletide by Candlelight is this Saturday, Dec 14th from 5pm-9pm. Don't miss out on this fantastic evening of activities and snacks!

Tickets get you into Carlyle House Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

For pricing information and to buy tickets check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yuletide-by-candlelight-tickets-66041366505.

@dchousemuseums #hhmc #hhmcholiday #holidays #holidayseason #eveningprograms #partnershipsrock #funandfestive #visitALX #historichousemuseums

12/07/2019

Come by and see us. The 1st Virginia will be here with us until 4pm! Admission to the house is free.

After listening to City of Alexandria's Pipes and Drums in the front yard come inside to warm up at our FREE Open House!...
12/06/2019

After listening to City of Alexandria's Pipes and Drums in the front yard come inside to warm up at our FREE Open House! The house will be open from 12pm-4pm.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow (12/07/19) at the Scottish Christmas Walk. After the parade, we’ll stop by Carlyle House for a few more tunes. Carlyle House is at 121 N. Fairfax St., and we’ll be there at 1:30.

The weather looks perfect for our Soldiers' Christmas this Saturday,  Dec 7th from 12pm-4pm.We'll have the 1st Virginia ...
12/05/2019

The weather looks perfect for our Soldiers' Christmas this Saturday, Dec 7th from 12pm-4pm.

We'll have the 1st Virginia here as well as tours of the house for free.

#visitALX #dcmuseums #scottishwalkparade #holidayseason #1stvirginia #historichousemuseums #hhmcholiday

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—FROM CHURCH TO BATTLEFIELD TO PARKNOVA Parks, formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park...
12/05/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—FROM CHURCH TO BATTLEFIELD TO PARK

NOVA Parks, formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, is continually growing its parkland. With the rich history of Northern Virginia, historic sites are a big part of our park system. Today we throwback to just over ten years ago, a time when the park authority acquired a new historic site as well as new parkland. The two additions are located directly next to one another and they are often considered one and the same.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/3YCE50xryLp

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #loveloudounhistory #60years #novaparks

What better way to spend an evening then toasting marshmallows by the fire? On Dec 14th from 5pm-7pm visitors with Yulet...
12/03/2019

What better way to spend an evening then toasting marshmallows by the fire? On Dec 14th from 5pm-7pm visitors with Yuletide by Candlelight tickets can enjoy music indoors and make their own s'mores outside.

Enjoy other festive activities that evening at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Tickets can be bought online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yuletide-by-candlelight-tickets-66041366505) or at the gift shops of participating sites!

#visitALX #dcmuseums #hhmcholiday #smores #holidayseason #firepit #eveningprograms

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday December 1st is Museum Store Sunday here in Alexandria. It’s the perfect day to shop ...
11/30/2019

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday December 1st is Museum Store Sunday here in Alexandria. It’s the perfect day to shop for holiday presents.

We are 1 week out from Soldiers’ Christmas on December 7th! The 1st Virginia will be drilling and having firing demonstr...
11/30/2019

We are 1 week out from Soldiers’ Christmas on December 7th! The 1st Virginia will be drilling and having firing demonstrations throughout the day. Tours will be going on through the day. Admission is free, though donations are welcome.

11/28/2019
NOVA Parks 60: We love NOVA Parks!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends, guests and partners! We hope today is filled with laughter and good cheer!

Today we are so thankful for the last 60 years. We are incredibly thankful for all our NOVA Parks supporters and guests throughout the last 60 years!

https://youtu.be/LsfuhQaF2SM

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #novaparks #60years

A fast and fun look through all the great services and opportunities NOVA Parks provide told from the standpoint of our favorite people - our guests! Produce...

Happy Thanksgiving! We are closed today due to the holiday. We will reopen Friday, November 29th at 10am.
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We are closed today due to the holiday. We will reopen Friday, November 29th at 10am.

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—40 YEARS AGOToday we look back at NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) 4...
11/28/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—40 YEARS AGO

Today we look back at NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) 40 years ago in late 1979 – early 1980. At that time the agency was celebrating its 20th anniversary and had already grown to about 8,000 acres.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/llzA50xlKdN

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

Looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Join us for Museum Store Sunday on December 1st to receive 20% off...
11/26/2019

Looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Join us for Museum Store Sunday on December 1st to receive 20% off gift shop purchases and to obtain special package deals on items in the shop.

We are 2 weeks out from Alexandria’s Scottish Walk parade and our Soldier’s Christmas program. Visit us between 12pm-4pm...
11/23/2019

We are 2 weeks out from Alexandria’s Scottish Walk parade and our Soldier’s Christmas program. Visit us between 12pm-4pm for our free open house. Bring a new unwrapped toy with you for the Alexandria Toy Drive and receive 10% off in the gift shop.

Have you gotten your tickets for Yuletide by Candlelight yet? Not only can you buy tickets online but you can purchase t...
11/22/2019

Have you gotten your tickets for Yuletide by Candlelight yet? Not only can you buy tickets online but you can purchase them in our gift shop.

Yuletide by Candlelight is Dec 14th from 5pm-9pm. Enjoy holiday decor and activities at @carlylehouseva @leefendallhousemuseum @gadsbystavernmuseum and @stablerleadbeaterapothecary

#visitALX #dcmuseums @dchousemuseums #holidays #yuletidebycandlight

Carlyle House Historic Park
11/22/2019

Carlyle House Historic Park

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS SANCTUARIESNOVA Parks (formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park ...
11/21/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS SANCTUARIES

NOVA Parks (formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) has always been at the forefront of regional land conservation, historic preservation, and recreation. Today we throwback to 2013 and the acquisition of two of NOVA Parks with “sanctuary” in the name.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/CrtA50xgphM

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

11/19/2019
NOVA Parks 60: A Salute to Our Partners

As NOVA Parks celebrates our 60th Anniversary we would like to give a huge thank you to all our amazing Partners! We wouldn't be where we are today without you!

http://ow.ly/zquw50xfkIn

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

NOVA Parks works with a variety of partners throughout Northern Virginia. These partnerships have helped grow the agency, and in many cases, have helped NOVA...

We're a proud support of Alexandria's Community Toy Drive this year!Bring in an unwrapped new toy between now and Decemb...
11/19/2019

We're a proud support of Alexandria's Community Toy Drive this year!

Bring in an unwrapped new toy between now and December 16th and receive 10% off in the gift shop.

#visitALX #toydrive #volunteeralexandria #bringholidaycheer #alexandriacommunity

Can you believe that we're under a month out from Yuletide by Candlelight?Join us, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Ga...
11/17/2019

Can you believe that we're under a month out from Yuletide by Candlelight?

Join us, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum for an evening of festive activities and fare on December 14th from 5pm-9pm.

For information and to buy tickets check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yuletide-by-candlelight-tickets-66041366505

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—MOSTLY WATER60% of the human body is made up of water! And, in Northern Virginia, a very s...
11/14/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—MOSTLY WATER

60% of the human body is made up of water! And, in Northern Virginia, a very substantial amount of the water you drink is filtered and protected by the parklands of NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority).

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/851v50xaVgq

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—NOVA PARKS 50 years agoFounded in 1959, by late 1969 and early 1970 the Northern Virginia ...
11/07/2019

THROWBACK THURSDAY—NOVA PARKS—NOVA PARKS 50 years ago

Founded in 1959, by late 1969 and early 1970 the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) was in full swing, creating the regional park system we know today. A review of the Board minutes from this time gives a snapshot of what was going on. Issues at the top of the agenda included:

◾Buying the Carlyle House
◾New Chevy Station Wagon for $2,262
◾Potomac Overlook Acquisition & Development
◾Major Land Acquisitions along the Occoquan
◾Bull Run Campground Development
◾Playground for $1,000
◾Development of Fountainhead
◾Pohick Bay Acquisitions
◾Dreams of the W&OD

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/eDs550x3AIG

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #60years #novaparks

Our sister park Potomac Overlook has started their annual Raptor Fundraiser! Help them get a new public viewing enclosur...
11/05/2019

Our sister park Potomac Overlook has started their annual Raptor Fundraiser! Help them get a new public viewing enclosure for Smoke, their Eastern Screech Owl by buying a shirt. Carlyle House staff can attest that Smoke is as adorable as the picture!

Attention all raptor lovers!

For a limited time only, you can purchase a stylish and comfy raptor campaign shirt pictured below of our adorable and ever popular Eastern Screech Owl, Smoke! All proceeds will go towards acquiring a new public viewing enclosure at the nature center for Smoke so that he can be seen by anyone who comes to visit!

Get yours today while you can!!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/screechowl

We've got all sorts of treats ready to go! We'll be here until 6pm!#visitALX #halloween #trickortreat
10/31/2019

We've got all sorts of treats ready to go! We'll be here until 6pm!

#visitALX #halloween #trickortreat

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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