Search Potomac Sites
Virginia Historic Site
One of Alexandria's finest homes was restored in the 1970s and now serves as a museum. The house was built between 1751 and 1753 by John Carlyle, a Scottish merchant. The house was headquarters for British General Edward Braddock during the French and Indian War. British governors met Braddock here to discuss taxation of the colonies--one of the actions that led to the Revolutionary War. John Carlyle was one of the leading citizens of Northern Virginia. He married Sarah Fairfax, from one of the most prestigious and powerful families of Virginia. Carlyle's son-in-law, William Herbert, built the bank building, which still occupies the corner of the property. The Carlyle House has several displays of the painstaking restoration process that was undertaken during the 1970s to restore the property to its status as Alexandria's "grandest" home. The house is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. There is a fee for admission.