The Carlyle House is a Georgian manor house built in 1753 by Scottish merchant and city founder John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir. It was here that five royal governors and British General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Learn about the history of this beautifully restored 18th-century mansion from those who know it best by taking a guided tour of Carlyle House. Daily tours of the house, programs for schoolchildren, special events, exhibits, and lectures explore the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary Alexandria. Guided tours are available from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The mansion, with its lush gardens, offers a stately setting for both business and social functions and is available for rentals April 1 through October 31. Carlyle House Historic Park is located at 121 N Fairfax St.