Carlyle House

Carlisyle HouseThis is Carlyle House, in historic Old Town Alexandria. You`ve noticed I visit the city a lot, haven`t you? I guess I just love this city! Seriously, have you been to any of these places? You`d be a repeat visitor too if you were close enough to have that luxury.

One day I`m going to move to this city. One day. I can`t say one day soon, because I`m a poor college kid, but eventually I will get there!

I love these old homes. And aren`t I so lucky to live near an almost endless supply of them? I guess in England or any other country that has tons of old homes and buildings, these places are all rather boring, but it is still rather exciting to me. As long as we don`t have my Father, the would be history professor, along to make every tour take five extra hours, I tend to have a great time.

I couldn`t do any flash photography in the house, due to the delicate nature of antiques, but I did get three rather good shots of the outside that avoided including any random tourists. Carlysle House Garden

This house is actually rather special because it sits on two city blocks in the middle of Old Town Alexandria.

That`s king of remarkable to me, especially considering it has a direct view of the water! Lucky old merchant family.

If you want to find out more about the house or tours, you can visit the city`s tourist website.

The gardens are actually quite large for the city, and are laid out in traditional geometric shapes. There is a giant balcony off the backdoor, so you can just stand on that and see the whole thing. What we have here is actually just a tiny portion of the gardens, never fear that I have exaggerated and mislead you!

Perhaps in it`s heyday the balcony had served as a nice place to whirl and dance the waltzCarlisyle house Back with your sweetheart. Either way, the views from it really were quite nice!

The inside of the house had a nice mixture of Scottish elements and new (at the time) American styles.

The house is somehow connected to a great Civil War general as well, but I have to admit I didn`t pay attention to that part of the tour. I mean, I really could care less about the Civil War. Sure, it happened. Move on. Really, the way some people go on, you`d think it happened yesterday. It is time to finally take down your Confederacy flags, people!

What old buildings or homes have you visited, and where were they? What did you like best?


2 thoughts on “Carlyle House

  1. I used to be so interested in architecture and mansions/castles! I’ve visited a few but I think the most memorable was Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA. Loved the architecture and I would kill for the Neptune pool with that view.

    I’ve always wanted to check out that huge Vanderbilt Mansion in North Carolina and since Downton Abbey is my newest obsession I want to see Highclere Castle.

    • I think it is fun to see any castles in the US, mainly because they aren`t supposed to be there! It rather tickles my funny bone to see them. The architecture itself, though, is usually quite impressive! When I`ve visited Colorado, there seemed to be quite a few examples, including private homes! It was very different, but exciting to see! I have to say, I can`t really stand Downtown Abbey, but to be fair I don`t usually watch any television at all.

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