Thursday, March 26, 2015

'Braddock Day' to be held at Carlyle House in Alexandria

Carlyle House, located in the Old Town area of Alexandria, has a rich history. Built in the early 1750s the home has stood the test of time, although it almost didn’t make it. 

For years it stood in its majestic state, but over time became dilapidated and then was blocked by another structure. Thanks to efforts by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, since the 1970s, the home has been brought back to its original state. And it is gorgeous.

Front of Carlyle House
In between its build and its restoration, a lot of history has occurred. According to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Carlyle House was used by the British as headquarters during the spring of 1755. NVRPA writes:

“From March 26 through April 20, 1755 Major General Edward Braddock, the Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces in North America, made Colonel John Carlyle’s elegant Alexandria mansion his headquarters.”

On March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors are invited to come to Carlyle House to learn more about this historic period of time. General Braddock “himself” will be present as well.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to this event, but have attended other events at Carlyle House over the years and wanted to share as I always find these of interest and to be a good experience in learning new things. Costumed interpreters will also be present to answer any questions.

While in Old Town, there are plenty of other things to see and do!

To learn more about Carlyle House, I have several additional photos in my much more detailed post about this historic property. 


  1. That is a great looking house, I am putting it on the list of things to visit. :)

    1. I think you'd like this one, and there are several other museums within close distance to this one that you'd probably love. Thanks for commenting!

  2. It was a real pleasure to visit this, one of the oldest surviving houses in Old Town. The tour of the house was both interesting and informative in relation to the history of Alexandria. Really a must for visitors as well as locals. Those working to preserve and develop living history there should be rewarded by the support of the community.

    1. Thanks so much Birdsong44 for stopping by and leaving a comment. I agree, touring this house is a great experience and a must. They really have done a great job with this property.