While Away a Sunny Summer Day at Carlyle House Historic Park
Searching for places you can explore in Alexandria that you haven’t been to yet? Take a trip to Carlyle House Historic Park. Dating back to the 18th century, this magnificent historic home and grounds are a sight to behold. Originally built by John Carlyle, one of the founders of Alexandria, it’s ideally located halfway between the Potomac and Market Square. You see, as a merchant, location was everything to Carlyle. He started construction on the stone mansion you see standing today in 1751 and it took two years to build it into its full grandeur. After his death in 1780, it was a hospital during the Civil War and an apartment building later down the road until NOVA Parks restored it for public use in the mid-1970s.
Still to this day, it’s a museum and place for the community to gather. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.