Experience the unique historic ambiance. The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. One of the grandest mansions in the new town of Alexandria, their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five colonial governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house. The outdoor deck may be rented for a rehearsal dinner or beautiful garden brunch. Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town — only two blocks from the Potomac River and within minutes of Old Town's many hotels and specialty shops.
Maximum Capacity: Reception 100; Seated 75