From its meticulously manicured gardens to its regal entryway, The Carlyle House perfectly captures a moment in Virginia's history when Georgian architecture was all the rage. Local entrepreneur and Founding Father of Alexandria, John Carlyle constructed the stunning stone manor in the 1750s. Today, the formerly private residence and its grounds serve as a museum and park.
Come to The Carlyle House for a tour to learn all about the history of Carlyle and his family, as well as the integral role they played in Alexandria's story. You'll get the chance to explore the carefully restored 18th-century rooms and then check out the beautiful gardens, which cover a sprawling 3/4 acres of greenspace beyond the house's backdoor. The house also hosts a historical exhibit that delves into its role during the Civil War, when it briefly served as a hospital.