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.
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Today, the museum interprets colonial life through tours, events and educational programs.Visit your other regional parks at www.nvrpa.org!

Don't forget to join us next Saturday!
01/06/2024

Don't forget to join us next Saturday!

In the Carlyle Family bible, John recorded the birth of his and Sarah's fifth child (and 3rd daughter). While parts of S...
01/04/2024

In the Carlyle Family bible, John recorded the birth of his and Sarah's fifth child (and 3rd daughter). While parts of Sarah's life is still a mystery to us we know she played the spinet from a letter we have where she asks her Uncle George for specific music. She was a frequent guest at Mount Vernon before and after her father's death. She married William Herbert (merchant, mayor of Alexandria, and president of the Bank of Alexandria) in the late 1770s. Her surviving letters from the early 19th century give us plenty of Alexandria gossip to think about. Sarah outlives all of her siblings and dies in July 1827 at Carlyle House. Many of the family pieces in the collection were passed down through her descendants.

Join us on January 13th to celebrate her birthday alongside her younger sister Anne who was also born in January!

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to volunteer more? Do you love American History? We're looking for new volunteers!...
01/02/2024

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to volunteer more? Do you love American History? We're looking for new volunteers! Opportunities include: giving guided tours, working in our gardens, working special events, and more. No experience required. Check out our website for more information: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park or email us at [email protected]

01/01/2024
December 31, 1747 was a joyous occasion for Sarah Fairfax. Not only was it her 17th birthday but she was marrying John C...
12/31/2023

December 31, 1747 was a joyous occasion for Sarah Fairfax. Not only was it her 17th birthday but she was marrying John Carlyle. Family tradition states that she wore a blue silk gown with a green, yellow, burgundy, pink and silver floral pattern. It is said her daughter, Sarah, had the dress remade into the latest fashion in the 1790s and after that the dress was cut into pieces and given to descendants. Since the 1970s, some pieces of the dress have come back to Carlyle House. Currently on display we have two of the sleeve fragments to celebrate the Carlyle-Fairfax marriage.

Sarah and Anne Carlyle (John's two daughters) were both born in January (1757 & 1761). Join us on Saturday, January 13th...
12/30/2023

Sarah and Anne Carlyle (John's two daughters) were both born in January (1757 & 1761). Join us on Saturday, January 13th from 12pm-4pm as we celebrate these two lovely ladies with music, games, and hot chocolate! Admission is free though a $5 donation is suggested.

Just a reminder that we will be closed this coming Sunday and Monday for the holidays. We hope you have a safe holiday w...
12/22/2023

Just a reminder that we will be closed this coming Sunday and Monday for the holidays. We hope you have a safe holiday with friends and family!

Still looking for holiday gifts? Make sure to swing into the museum shop where you'll find all kinds of gift ideas for f...
12/18/2023

Still looking for holiday gifts? Make sure to swing into the museum shop where you'll find all kinds of gift ideas for friends and family! The Museum shop is open from 10am-3pm Monday-Saturday (closed Wednesday) this week!

It's that time of year again! Join us tomorrow, December 9th for a Holiday Evening at Carlyle House to learn about 18th ...
12/08/2023

It's that time of year again! Join us tomorrow, December 9th for a Holiday Evening at Carlyle House to learn about 18th century holiday traditions. Enjoy music inside the museum and some hot cider around the fire.

No registration required.$12/adult; $4/children (ages 6-12)

With the nights getting darker, it’s a great time to learn about beautiful nocturnal critters! Visit Carlyle House this ...
12/07/2023

With the nights getting darker, it’s a great time to learn about beautiful nocturnal critters! Visit Carlyle House this winter for our StoryWalk: An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth, by Karlin Gray.

12/07/2023

Just reminsicing about Alexandria Baroque's performance a year ago and looking forward to having them back at our Holiday Evening tours this Saturday, December 9th from 4pm-7pm.

Advanced registration is not required and tickets can be bought at the door. $12/adult; $4/children (ages 6-12)

12/02/2023

Our favorite part of the day!

It’s Soldiers Christmas at Carlyle House today. Open house today Noon-4pm. Free!
12/02/2023

It’s Soldiers Christmas at Carlyle House today. Open house today Noon-4pm. Free!

Happy December! Don't miss out on our wonderful Holiday programs this month!
12/01/2023

Happy December! Don't miss out on our wonderful Holiday programs this month!

Attending the Scottish Walk Parade on December 2nd? Make sure to stop by for our free open house from 12pm-2pm. The 1st ...
11/26/2023

Attending the Scottish Walk Parade on December 2nd? Make sure to stop by for our free open house from 12pm-2pm. The 1st Virginia will be onsite drilling and talking about 18th century military life.

Not only is it Small Business Saturday but we're also 1 month out from Christmas! Make sure to stop by Carlyle House's m...
11/25/2023

Not only is it Small Business Saturday but we're also 1 month out from Christmas! Make sure to stop by Carlyle House's museum shop and check out all the holiday gift options that we have!

Happy Thanksgiving! The staff here are grateful for our amazing colleagues and volunteers as well as all those who visit...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! The staff here are grateful for our amazing colleagues and volunteers as well as all those who visit us!

The museum is closed today but we will reopen Friday, Nov 24th at 10am.

We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!

Do you have friends and family in town this coming week for Thanksgiving? Make sure to stop in at Carlyle House for a to...
11/20/2023

Do you have friends and family in town this coming week for Thanksgiving? Make sure to stop in at Carlyle House for a tour of the museum!

We'll be open every day this week except for Wednesday and Thursday. Tours are on top of the hour with the last tour leaving at 3pm every day.

Who's this figure haunting our vaults? We have one more night of Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy on Saturday, Oct 28th. Group...
10/28/2023

Who's this figure haunting our vaults? We have one more night of Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy on Saturday, Oct 28th. Groups will be let in every 15mins starting at 6pm and the last group will enter at 7:45pm. Tickets are available on our website.

Note: online ticket sales end at 5pm but you can buy tickets at the door or by calling 703.549.2997

Still looking for something spooky to do this weekend? There are still some spots open for the Mystery of Carlyle's Mumm...
10/27/2023

Still looking for something spooky to do this weekend? There are still some spots open for the Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy tonight (Oct 27th) and tomorrow (Oct 28th). Slots are every 15mins starting at 6pm and the last group leaving at 7:45pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on our website or at the door.

Please note that the online ticket system will close at 5pm each evening but you can pay at the door or call the museum at 703-549-2997.

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Dr. Samuel B. Moore was Alexandria’ Coroner in 1906. Along with Chief Goods and Mayor Paff, Moore was on the scene after...
10/27/2023

Dr. Samuel B. Moore was Alexandria’ Coroner in 1906. Along with Chief Goods and Mayor Paff, Moore was on the scene after the mummy was found. Did he declare the body real? Or was he part of a more sinister plan?

On October 27th & 28th discover the truth through solving a series of puzzles in our Clue inspired program The Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy. Learn more and register on our website. http://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/7352

Photo: From the 1907 Historic Alexandria Tercentennial Souvenir Book. Office of Historic Alexandria.

Tonight was a perfect way to finish up our evening classes for the season! We still have our two morning classes if you ...
10/26/2023

Tonight was a perfect way to finish up our evening classes for the season! We still have our two morning classes if you are looking to start your weekend right. Join us Friday (27th) and Saturday (28th) at 9:30am. Tickets are $10 each and can either be bought via our website or at the door.

A Czech native, Ales Hrdlička was a curator at the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural His...
10/26/2023

A Czech native, Ales Hrdlička was a curator at the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History from 1904 to 1941. Hrdlička traveled widely to collect skeletal remains and established the Smithsonian's world-renowned physical anthropology collections. In 1904, he came to head the newly created Division of Physical Anthropology (DPA) at the National Museum of Natural History, a position he held for the next forty years. Did he truly find a mummy in the Carlyle vaults? Or was he involved in scheme that attempted to fool people throughout the country?

On October 27th & 28th discover the truth through solving a series of puzzles in our Clue inspired program The Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy. Learn more and register on our website. http://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/7352

Photo: Image of Ales Hrdlička. Smithsonian Institute Archives.

C.T. Goods (circled in yellow) joined the Alexandria police force around 1896 and in May 1906 became the Alexandria Chie...
10/25/2023

C.T. Goods (circled in yellow) joined the Alexandria police force around 1896 and in May 1906 became the Alexandria Chief of Police. He was one of the first people called to the scene when the mummy was discovered. Did he think the mummy was a hoax like some Alexandrians? Or was he possibly involved somehow?

On October 27th & 28th discover the truth through solving a series of puzzles in our Clue inspired program The Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy. Learn more and register on our website. (link in bio)

Photo: From the 1907 Historic Alexandria Tercentennial Souvenir Book. Office of Historic Alexandria.

William W. Simpson (known in the newspapers as W.W. Simpson) was an Alexandria businessman. Simpson leased Braddock Hous...
10/24/2023

William W. Simpson (known in the newspapers as W.W. Simpson) was an Alexandria businessman. Simpson leased Braddock House (aka Mansion House Hotel) and Carlyle House from the Wagars in 1906. According to the newspaper articles Simpson discovered the mummy while doing work in the Carlyle House vaults. Who did Simpson discover? Or was he up to something else?

On October 27th & 28th discover the truth through solving a series of puzzles in our Clue inspired program The Mystery of Carlyle's Mummy. Learn more and register on our website. http://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/7352

Photo: There is currently no known photo of Simpson. This Alexandria Gazette article is from December 6, 1906.

Address

121 N Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA
22314

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(703) 549-2997

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