Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Inspired by the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, accompany a trained military historian through Civil War era Alexandria and learn the actual history behind the TV show. Get behind the scenes of locations Mercy Street characters lived, worked, and played. Visit an actual Civil War hospital. Discover the inner workings of a Civil War tavern. See where and how medicines were made for wounded soldiers. Reflect within a Union Soldiers’ chapel. Discuss the challenges doctors and nurses experienced in caring for the wounded. Tour starts at the Visitors Center, 221 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314.
Mercy in Alexandria (the short tour)
Discover Alexandria’s rich Civil War history on this one hour walking tour of Mercy Street. Includes stops and discussion on the Carlyle House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the site of the first two casualties of the Civil War, Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary, and The Athenaeum. A broad discussion on how Civil War nurses began a women’s liberation movement during and after the war will take place. The Mercy in Alexandria Tour is available by appointment with a three person minimum when ordering on-line. Also available, with no appointment necessary, each Summer Sunday in 2017 through August 20th starting at 1:30, at the Alexandria’s Visitor Center at 221 King Street.
PBS Photos Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS. MERCY STREET on PBS.