Carlyle House Historic Park

Visit the only 18th century Palladian-style house in Alexandria, Virginia. Groups will travel through history at Carlyle House Historic Park, completed by prestigious British merchant John Carlyle in 1753. The house served as the headquarters of British General Braddock during the French and Indian War, which is where he and five colonial governors planned their early campaigns. Groups can take a tour of the museum’s exhibits and see the ¾-acre garden featuring plants that would have been available during the 18th century. Educational programs teach groups about colonial life and African-Americans in 19th-century Virginia.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314. City of Alexandria Tel: 703-549-2997. Email: vherndon@nvrpa.org. Website: www.nvrpa.org. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-6th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee.

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.