PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. Set in 1862, the second season of MERCY STREET picks up directly from the dramatic events at the end of the season one finale, continuing to explore the growing chaos within Alexandria, the complicated interpersonal dynamics of Dr. Foster, Nurse Mary and the Mansion House staff, the increasingly precarious position of the Green family and the changing predicament of the burgeoning black population.
Just outside of Washington, D.C., Alexandria was a border town between North and South and the longest Union-occupied city of the Civil War. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria was the melting pot of the region; filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped enslaved people living behind Union lines) African -Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies.
As fans of the PBS Civil War medical drama MERCY STREET anticipate the show’s return for a second season on January 22, 2017, visitors are invited to visit the city’s historic sites to enjoy new exhibits and events inspired by the series, including several that focus on Civil War-era cultural customs including food, fashion and music. Uncover the real people behind the characters on the show, the realities of Civil War medicine, changing roles for women, and the breakthrough experience of enslaved African Americans claiming their freedom.