Take a walking tour through Civil War Alexandria, a Union occupied city in the midst of Confederate citizen intrigue. Inspired by the upcoming PBS drama Mercy Street, you will get an opportunity to walk inside buildings that were used as hospitals and logistics centers during the Civil War. Learn about the hardships of daily occupied life in Alexandria and the struggles of doctors and nurses on both sides to deliver care to thousands of wounded soldiers.
Discuss a forgotten founding father, John Carlyle at his opulent stone mansion. Visit the site where George Washington was first addressed as President. Transit through an actual torpedo factory. Learn the mystery of what happened to the $200,000 from the sale of Mount Vernon that Augustine Washington placed on deposit at an Alexandria Bank just before the Civil War. Visit the site of the first two casualties of the Civil War.
This Old Town Alexandria Walking Tour special offering is available for $149 by appointment for groups of any size. Children under 12 are free. Tour is two to two and a half hours in length.
Fun Fact: During the Civil War, James Green, a prominent Alexandria businessman, was forced to hand over his successful Mansion House Hotel to the Union Army. On November 11th, 1861, he accepted the government’s offer of $750 a month in rent and the Union Army took over the building. Mansion House soon became the largest of the more than 30 converted hospitals in the city and included more than 500 beds. Despite the government’s promise of compensation, Green was not paid until many years after his death.