- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2001

LOCATIONS

• Carlyle House is located at 121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria. The house is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday.

A tour of the house lasts 35 to 40 minutes. After the tour, don't miss the 18th-century-style garden in the rear. A gazebo and park benches offer a chance to enjoy the atmosphere.

The fee is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 11 to 17; children 10 and younger are admitted free. A Market Square Block Ticket can be purchased for $9 for adults and $5 for children. This ticket provides entrance to Carlyle House, Gadsby's Tavern and nearby Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary. Information: 703/549-2997.

• Gadsby's Tavern is located at 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. The tavern is owned and operated by the city of Alexandria. It is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday from October through March. From April through September, the tavern operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Every Feb. 19, the tavern holds a birth-night ball in honor of George Washington's birthday. A number of other events are held throughout the year. Visitors also can enjoy Colonial fare at the tavern, served by costumed servers. The fee is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 11 to 17; children 10 and younger are admitted free. Information: 703/838-4242.

• Mount Vernon is located eight miles south of Alexandria on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. It is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, a nonprofit organization. The estate is open 365 days a year. Its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through February. In March, September and October, the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From April through August, the estate is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A minimum of two hours is recommended to tour the site. Ample free parking is available. A snack bar is open for breakfast, lunch or snacks. For more upscale dining, the Mount Vernon Inn offers lunch and candlelight dinners served by staffers in Colonial costumes. The fee to visit the estate is $9 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 62 and older and $4.50 for children 6 to 11; children 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 703/780-2000.

• Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop is located at 105-107 S. Fairfax St. in Alexandria. It is owned and operated by the Landmark Society of Alexandria, a nonprofit organization. The apothecary operated continuously for 141 years until it was forced to close in 1933 during the Depression. Many of the original herbs and potions remain in their drawers. More than 8,000 objects are still in place in this living-history museum.

Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The fee is $2.50 for adults and $2 for students ages 11 to 17; children 10 and younger are admitted free. Information: 703/836-3713.

ON LINE

• The Web site for the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association is www.FunSide.com.

• Mount Vernon's Web site is www.mountvernon.org.

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