Carlyle House

Built by Scottish merchant founding trustee of Alexandria, Carlyle House has a storied history, including ties to the British efforts in the French-Indian War.

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George Washington
From serving as the general of the Continental Army and first president of the USA, native Virginian - Washington - is arguably America’s most recognized historical figure.
Sally Fairfax
The daughter of one of Virginia’s oldest families and wife to Virginian landed gentry, Sally Fairfax stole a young George Washington’s heart.
Lord Fairfax House
Lord Fairfax was a prominent Virginian who gave George Washington his first job as a surveyor. The two stayed friends throughout their lives.
Gadsby Tavern
The tavern is renown for its litany of connection to the Founding Fathers, including as the site where Jefferson held his inaugural ball.
Alexandria City Hall and Market Square
Originally a market square and the courts of the eighteenth century, the building standing today was erected in 1872 and remains at the center of life for Alexandrians.
Wise's Tavern
While now only a plaque remains of Wise Tavern, it was the place where Washington gave his final public address to the nation as president.

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Private Excursion to Historic Alexandria
Enjoy an excursion from DC to Alexandria, where you will explore the unique history of the city because out of Alexandria came DC. With your private guide, enjoy a two hour-walking tour where you will  uncover the city through the stories of notable American figures.

  • Be met by your driver guide and enjoy an easy transfer from Washington DC to Alexandria. 
  • Enjoy a two-hour private walking tour of the city's history
  • Walk through Christ Church and its graveyard where notable literary figures attended church and were consequently buried.
  • Learn the stories of George Washington's early life - from the place where his first townhouse was to the home of his first love, Sally Fairfax, to whom he penned evocative letters.
  • Hear how Gadsby Tavern was at the centre of several revolutionaries and founding fathers who went on to be American presidents.
  • Enjoy an hour of exploration where you can immerse yourself in the ambiance of the town on your own. 
  • Relax as you enjoy the drive back to Washington DC 
Your historian-guide will join you to begin uncovering the notable figures who called Alexandria home at the forming of the nation and who penned language which endures and governs the world’s largest democracy today.

Step out of your private transfer and into Alexandria for a walking tour, which begins with tales of America’s famous founding fathers, and their ties to the town—from Washington and Jefferson to Frenchman Lafayette and founding trustee John Carlyle. Uncover the larger-than-life figure, Washington, by traversing the places which made Alexandria his home: visit the church where Washington was a member,  walk by the home of his first love and the home of his physician.  

On your walking tour, visit Gadsby’s Tavern, where you will hear of the letters written between other notable past presidents — Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — political opponents who went on to have an epic friendship, carried out largely through letters, and hear the providential tale of how both died on the same day: July 4th. Along your walk, learn how the city of Alexandria arose —  from its landed gentry to its slave heritage who built much of the infrastructure that remains today. 

At the end of your walking tour, enjoy an hour of time to explore the town at your own pace. Grab a bite to eat or see the farmer's market and enjoy the town's waterfront. Then, meet up with your guide and relax as you make your way back to DC with your guide in a private vehicle. 


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