Housewarming 1753

08/06/2011 12:00 PM to 08/06/2011 04:00 PM
Cost: Free
On August 1, 1753, John and Sarah Carlyle moved into their new stone house in Alexandria, Virginia. Begun in 1751, the house was the grandest residence in the growing port. Later that same day, Sarah gave birth to a son, William Carlyle. As John penned in a letter home to England “It’s A fine beginning.” On August 6th, we invite visitors to experience life at the Carlyle House as you welcome the family into their new home. This free, family-friendly program will feature living history interpreters portraying the Carlyle family. Meet Monty the horse and learn about the Carlyles’ newest arrival, baby William. How was a new baby welcomed in the 18th-century? What kinds of teething toys and rattles did they use? Children can complete a craft and enjoy games on the Carlyle House front lawn.

Contact Details:
Directions: The Carlyle House Historic Park 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 703-549-2997 From Northern Virginia: Take 1-495 (Capital Beltway) East/95 North to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King Street and left on N. Fairfax. From Washington, DC: Take George Washington Parkway South towards Alexandria. Turn left on Queen Street and right on N Fairfax. From Maryland: Take 1-495 across Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Rte. 1 North. Turn right on King St. and left on N. Fairfax. Carlyle House is also accessible by Metro and bus. The closest metro station is King St. or Braddock Rd.(Yellow/Blue Lines).