Alexandria, VA Rolls out Costume Exhibit and MERCY STREET-Inspired Spring Tours February 28, 2017

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Alexandria, VA Rolls out Costume Exhibit and MERCY STREET-Inspired Spring Tours

 

City that Inspired PBS Series Brings MERCY STREET to Life with Tours, Exhibits and Events
 

Alexandria, VA—As the season two finale of the PBS Civil War-era drama MERCY STREET approaches on Sunday, March 5 at 8 pm ET, Alexandria, Virginia rolls out a new exhibit of costumes from the show plus 12 tours inspired by the series. PBS’ first American drama in a decade is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. More than 50 MERCY STREET-inspired tours, exhibits and events are taking place in Alexandria in 2017.

Newly announced, the “Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street” running through September 1, 2017, at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum features four original costumes worn by Josh Radnor (Dr. Jedediah Foster), AnnaSophia Robb (Alice Green), Hannah James (Emma Green), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Mary Phinney) created by costume designer Amy Andrews Harrell. Also on display are sketches of the costumes, series images of the actors in the costumes, and historical artifacts such as furniture from the Green furniture factory and medical supplies from the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.

Twelve MERCY STREET-inspired tour options include walking tours of the city exploring the real history and Civil War-era sites that inspired the show, as well as in-depth tours of historic sites seen through the MERCY STREET lens. New tours for 2017 include Discover Alexandria’s “Discovering Mercy Walking Tour,” “Freedom’s Fight in Alexandria” tour by Manumission Tour Company, and the “Apothecary of Mercy Specialty Tour” at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothcary Museum. More guided tours include the “Women of Civil War Alexandria Tour” by the National Women’s History Museum, “The Mercy Walk” by Alexandria Colonial Tours, “Mercy in Alexandria Tour” by DC Military Tours, and “Beyond the Battlefield” presented by Lee-Fendall House.

Spring is also the ideal time to visit the city’s historic sites to enjoy new exhibits and events inspired by the series, with several that focus on Civil War-era cultural customs including fashion, food, and music. Uncover the real people behind the characters on the show, the realities of Civil War medicine, the changing roles for women, and the breakthrough experience of enslaved African-Americans claiming their freedom.

MERCY STREET season one took place in the spring of 1862 just outside of Washington, D.C. in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest Union-occupied city of the war.  Ruled under martial law, Alexandria was the central 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, speculators and spies. MERCY STREET follows the lives of all of these characters, who collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel, which has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army hospital.

MERCY STREET season two 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 world of the burgeoning African-American population. The season will introduce a number of new elements, taking viewers closer to the fight and into the halls of Confederate power, all set against the intensifying war, starting with the Seven Days’ Battle and culminating with Antietam.

Located on the Potomac River waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel against an extraordinary historic backdrop. With luxurious accommodations just steps from historic sites, galleries, boutiques and restaurants, visitors can turn a MERCY STREET-inspired excursion into a weekend getaway.

Find Alexandria experiences inspired by PBS’ MERCY STREET at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/mercystreet

Explore the PBS series and view season two content at
www.pbs.org/mercy-street or visit the PBS press room at pbs.org/pressroom.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE DETAILS

CITY TOURS:

Discovering Mercy Walking Tour
Biweekly Sundays January 29-June 18, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Admission: $12
Presented by Discover Alexandria
Tour begins at Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
774-641-9006
discoveralexva.wordpress.com 

Learn about the real history behind PBS’ Civil War drama MERCY STREET during this 75-minute walking tour. Visitors will discover facts about Civil War medicine and nursing, the real Green family of Alexandria portrayed on the show, and the historical context of the Union’s occupation of the city. The tour begins at the Alexandria Visitor Center and ends at Christ Church. Dogs are welcome. To request another tour date and time, email discoveralexandria@gmail.com.

Freedom’s Fight in Alexandria: Urban Slavery and Abolitionism Walking Tour
Sundays beginning February 11, 2017
Admission: $15 adults; $10 children 12 & under
Advance reservation preferred
Presented by Manumission Tour Company
Tour begins at the Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.manumissiontours.com 

This 75-minute guided walking tour on the streets of Old Town will give participants insight into Alexandria's pre-Civil War history of urban slavery and a major port for slave trading, and highlight runaway slaves, like Oscar and George Ball, and local abolitionists, such as pharmacist Edward Stabler, who fought back against the "Peculiar Institution" of slavery within Alexandria. 

The Mercy Walk Tour
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., March 4-April 16, 2017
Admission: $13 adults; $7 children; $12 seniors
Presented by Alexandria Colonial Tours
Tour starts at Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-519-1749
www.alexcolonialtours.com/themercywalk 

The Mercy Walk tour will give visitors and locals alike a feel for what it was like to live in an occupied city during the Civil War. This tour includes stops at the former Marshall House, the Confederate Statue, James Green’s furniture factory, and the only portion of the Mansion House Hotel still standing today. Join us to hear the real stories of Alexandria, a true microcosm of the Civil War, all within one city.

Women of Civil War Alexandria Tour
March 18, 19, and 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. and Summer 2017
Admission: $15
Presented by the National Women’s History Museum
Tour starts at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-461-1920
https://www.nwhm.org/get-involved/events/walking-tours 

Alexandria was in a unique position during the Civil War. It was a city with Southern sympathies continuously occupied by the Union Army and virtually operating as a Northern supply depot due to its proximity to Washington, DC and its transportation infrastructure. The women who remained in Alexandria and those who came during occupation experienced the War not as a battle but a day-to-day way of life. This tour will explore the stories of a diverse group of women and their experiences living in Civil War Alexandria.

Beyond the Battlefield Historic Walking Tour
March 25, April 29, May 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Admission: $15 in advance; $20 day of
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.leefendallhouse.org 

Take a trip down “Mercy Street” in this walking tour featuring locations featured in the PBS drama. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours, and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.

Mercy in Alexandria Walking Tour
By appointment only
Presented by DC Military Tours
Tour starts at Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-407-6663
www.dcmilitarytour.com 

Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Inspired by the 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 stories of locations where MERCY STREET characters lived, worked, and played. 

SITE TOURS:

Apothecary of Mercy Specialty Tour
2nd Sunday in March and April 2017 at 12:15 p.m.
Admission: $8 individual; $50 minimum for private group tours booked upon request
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
shop.alexandriava.gov

Explore the themes of PBS’ MERCY STREET through the lens of this family-owned apothecary that stayed in business through Alexandria’s occupation during the Civil War. This 45-minute tour showcases special archival materials and period ingredients. Capacity is limited to 15 and advance registration is encouraged.

This Tide of Wounded: The Lee-Fendall House as a Civil War Hospital Tour
May 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Admission: $8 in advance; $10 day of
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.leefendallhouse.org 

This special tour of the museum and grounds highlights the Lee-Fendall House’s role as a hospital during the Civil War. Highlights include themes addressed in the PBS series MERCY STREET, including nursing, soldiers, civilians, medical practices, and free people of color. 

SELF-GUIDED TOURS:

Mercy Mystery: Spy Scavenger Hunt
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free
www.visitalexandriava.com/mercystreet/mercy-mystery-spy-scavenger-hunt/ 

Inspired by PBS' Mercy Street, which is based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, this scavenger hunt will take you around Old Town learning about espionage and undercover activities during the Civil War. Follow the clues and post your photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MercyMystery. We’ll feature your photos on our website!

Courageous Journey Self-Guided Driving Tour
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free
Tour begins at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov/blackhistory 

Ten historic sites from Visit Alexandria’s self-guided tour and history brochure “Courageous Journey” are featured on this driving tour to get you started on your exploration of Alexandria’s wealth of African-American historic sites. Included in the driving tour are Civil War-era exhibits, parks and memorials including the Alexandria Black History Museum and Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, which help deepen the stories told on PBS’ MERCY STREET.

Civil War Hospital Self-Guided Walking Tour
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free
Self-guided tour starts at 121 N. Fairfax St. 
www.historicalexandria.org 

Learn about the many buildings in Alexandria that were used as hospitals during the Civil War, when the Union Army occupied Alexandria. Pick up a copy at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum or download from www.historicalexandria.org.

Civil War Self-Guided Walking Tour
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free
Tour begins at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.alexandriava.gov/lyceum 

Explore the sites of Civil War Alexandria, occupied by the Union Army for the entire conflict. See shops, churches, homes and offices that still stand from that time, guided along with easy turn-by-turn directions. Tour begins and ends at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, where both parking and your tour are free of charge.

EXHIBITS:

The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street
February 17-September 1, 2017
Admission: Free
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994 
www.alexandriava.gov/Lyceum

The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street is a new exhibit featuring four costumes from Mercy Street, PBS’ first original American drama in a decade inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. Visitors are invited to view original costumes worn in seasons one and two by Josh Radnor (Dr. Jedediah Foster), AnnaSophia Robb (Alice Green), Hannah James (Emma Green), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Mary Phinney) created by costume designer Amy Andrews Harrell. Also on display are sketches of the costumes, photos of the actors in the costumes, and historical artifacts such as items from the Green furniture factory. The Costumes of PBS’ Mercy Street is the only exhibition of the show’s costumes outside of the filming location.

Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital
Continuing through 2017
Admission: $5 adult; $3 ages 6-12
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

Come see the site that inspired MERCY STREET, the PBS series inspired by real events that took place at Carlyle House. The six-episode program revolves around the doctors, nurses, and patients of Mansion House Hospital, a former luxury hotel owned by James Green, a prominent Alexandria businessman who resided in Carlyle House. The exhibit features an interpretation of period hospital rooms and doctor/officer housing, plus stories of nurse Mary Phinney and spy Frank Stringfellow.

Alexandria’s Nurses & Hospitals During the Civil War
Continuing through March 31, 2017
Admission: Free; $2 suggested donation
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.alexandriava.gov/lyceum 

This small panel exhibit features stories of some of the real nurses who worked in local hospitals, including two of the main characters on MERCY STREET. Also part of the exhibit is a map showing where those medical facilities were located, and comments from a soldier who was treated in some of them, including the notorious “Camp Misery.” 

This Terrible Disease
Opening January 13, 2017
Admission: $5 adults; $3 ages 5-12
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
www.alexandriava.gov/apothecary 

As an operating drug store during the occupation of Alexandria in the Civil War, the Leadbeater family sold medicinal remedies for the various diseases like smallpox and malaria that afflicted the local military and civilian populations. Today, visitors can take a guided tour and experience the historic space where occupied Alexandria came to shop. The exhibit features prescriptions and accounts of remedies sold to the Union Commissary Department, the contraband population, and civilian residents during the war.

“Mercy Me! Get into Character” Costume Station
January 22-December 31, 2017
Admission: Free
Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/mercystreet 

Fans of PBS’ MERCY STREET can step back in time and try on a recreation of a Civil War-era dress or surgeon’s coat as a playful nod to the national drama series based on real events of Civil War Alexandria. It’s as easy as 1-2-3… try on a costume and grab a prop; strike a pose and take a picture; and share your photo on social media using #MercyStreetPBS! This dress-up station presented by Visit Alexandria is located at the Alexandria Visitor Center and at select Mercy Street-inspired events in 2017.

Before the Spirits Are Swept Away: African American Historic Site Paintings by Sherry Z. Sanabria
Continuing through May 29, 2017
Admission: Free; $2 suggested donation
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4356
www.alexandriava.gov/blackhistory 

This exhibition features over 20 paintings, including large scale works, of former slave dwellings that dot the landscape across the region and state by artist Sherry Z. Sanabria (1937-2014) who worked in the D.C. metro area since 1975. The poignant yet beautiful works are accompanied by panels that highlight Alexandria’s local slavery to freedom story.

Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free; $2 suggested donation
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.alexandriava.gov/fortward 

Learn more about the surgical procedures and medical equipment used in the PBS series MERCY STREET at Fort Ward Museum's exhibit, "Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier." A variety of medical tools, instruments and images from the museum's medical collection are displayed, including some that relate to surgical procedures featured in the television series. The exhibit is accompanied by a brochure on Civil War medical care.

Mercy Uncovered: Archaeology in Civil War Alexandria
Continuing through 2017
Admission: Free
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4399
www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology 

Discover Civil War Alexandria through archaeological remains. Exhibits include dioramas and period objects found during excavations, including a musket that was still cocked and loaded. See artifacts excavated from the remains of a Civil War hospital and privy. “Meet” a Civil War drummer boy. Don’t miss the special self-guided Civil War defense of Washington bike or Civil War hospital walking tours.

Hotel vs. Hospital
Continuing through September 4, 2017
Admission: $5 adults; $3 ages 5-12
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

Learn the story of the fine hotel industry in Alexandria and how it quickly changed after the Civil War began. The City Hotel (today part of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 134 North Royal St.) was the only major hotel in Alexandria to remain open during the entirety of the war. The two other fine hotels in town, Mansion House (transformed into a massive Civil War hospital) and Marshall House (site of the first Northern and Southern deaths due to violence in the Civil War), had closed. Guests will discover how tavern keeper Samuel Heflebower was able to remain in business as he catered to the new customers arriving in Alexandria. This exhibit is included in the regular guided tour, admission charged.

EVENTS AND LECTURES:

Lecture: Women of Color in the Civil War
March 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-1702
https://bit.ly/MercyStreetAlexLibVa2 

Join a staff member from the National Park Service, Civil War Defenses of Washington to learn about women of color in the Civil War.

Lecture: Erin Carlson Mast, CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, “The President in the Kitchen”
March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
shop.alexandriava.gov 

When Abraham Lincoln entered the White House he left behind the simple blue apron he put on when he helped Mary in their Springfield, IL kitchen. Often overburdened with the weight of war, he sometimes had to be coaxed to eat. The meals that Lincoln ate in the White house offer a personal perspective on the life of our 16th President. What were the special dishes Mary requested to tempt his appetite? What did a visitor think who walked in and found the President sitting alone, eating a plate of baked beans? As telegraphs bearing the news came in to the Executive Office Building, how did he celebrate his reelection in 1864? In this program, Erin Carlson Mast discusses the book Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen, by Rae Katherine Eighmey. Her talk allows you to pull up a chair at Lincoln’s table, sit beside him and son Tad at a soldiers’ campfire, and join the President on the porch as he enjoys his favorite food, the apple.

Lecture: James Green and Thomas Day: Furniture, Family, and Race in 19th Century Virginia
March 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $5 in advance; $7 day of
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.leefendallhouse.org 

Join Hal Stuart, author of “Virginia Sectional Furniture 1800-1860,” for a comparison of two of 19th century Virginia’s most successful furniture makers—James Green of Alexandria and African-American entrepreneur Thomas Day. James Green and his furniture factory are featured in the national PBS Civil War drama MERCY STREET. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Psyche A. Williams Forson, “Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women Food and Power”
March 25, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4356
www.alexandriava.gov/blackhistory 

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Psyche A. Williams Forson whose book, “Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women Food and Power,” examines the ties between African-American food culture, entrepreneurship, travel, and racism, from slavery to the present.

Lecture: Espionage in the Civil War: Women Spies
March 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-1704
https://bit.ly/MercyStreetAlexLibVa2 

During the Civil War, one's appearance and speech did not give away one's loyalty and espionage thrived. Many former slaves and some southern Unionists provided valuable knowledge to Union forces and the Confederates had similar sources. Women spies played a significant role in America's bloodiest conflict. Presented by a National Park Service Ranger from the Civil War Defenses of Washington unit.

The History of the Civil War in SEVEN Songs!
A musical performance and narration by Hudson and Clark
March 30, 2017; Reception 6:30 p.m.; Musical performance 7:30 p.m.
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $25
703-746-4994
shop.alexandriava.gov 

Enjoy an immersive evening in Alexandria’s Civil War history at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, on Thursday March 30th.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a special reception that includes refreshments, a viewing of four costumes from PBS’ Mercy Street, and a special curator’s corner with selections from the Lyceum’s collections related to Alexandria’s Civil War history.  At 7:30 p.m.,  join historian Carson Hudson and fiddler Arden Clark as they musically explore the tragic story of a time when America was at war with itself in the 1860s. Music could be found everywhere during the Civil War and it inspired and affected a generation of Americans in a way that has never really been repeated.

Lecture: Mercy Street and the African-American Experience during the Civil War
March 30, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-0035
www.nvfaa.org 

Audrey Davis, the Executive Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, will lead a conversation on the African-American experience in Alexandria during the Civil War.  As the only native Alexandrian that is consulting for the hit PBS mini-series Mercy Street, she will lend insight into the making of the show. RSVP at admin@nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

U.S. Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) Living History Encampment
April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.alexandriava.gov/fortward 

Reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B., and the 23rd U.S.C.T. will stage a military encampment that portrays the history, training and soldier life of African-American units associated with the Civil War defenses of Washington. Visitors will learn about the role of the U.S.C.T. in the Union war effort, and about specific units that were trained and stationed in the local area. Historical figures such as Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood of the 4th U.S.C.T., a Washington resident and civic leader after the war, will be portrayed. The program is free and is weather dependent.

Civil War Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
April 29, 2017 from 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $45
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
www.alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern 

Enjoy an evening of dance from the 1860s in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom. The evening will include live music, dance instruction, and period desserts. Period attire, either civilian or military, is encouraged. 

Fort Ward Tour and Civil War Concert
May 20, 2017, tour at 11 a.m.; music at 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.alexandriava.gov/fortward 

Observe Armed Forces Day by attending a soldier-led tour of Fort Ward at 11 a.m., followed by a concert of Civil War music by the Federal City Brass Band at 1 p.m. Tour participants will learn about the construction and history of Fort Ward, and the daily lives of soldiers stationed at the fort. The Federal City Brass Band re-creates the music and appearance of a U.S. Army regimental band of the 1860s. Members perform in authentic dress and play original brass instruments of the period. Song selections are based on original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era. The concert will feature a variety of military, patriotic and popular selections of the time, introduced with historical commentary. The tour and concert are free with no advance registration required.

Lecture: Margaret Irwin: “The Journal of Anne Reading” 
June 13, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $10
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
https://shop.alexandriava.gov/ 

Margaret Irwin had long heard family stories about an ancestor who had learned nursing from Florence Nightingale.  In 1955, her mother showed her Anne Reading’s handwritten journal for the first time and, fifty years later, she had it published.  “The Journal of Anne Reading” documents this amazing woman’s early training and work in the Crimea with Nightingale, her later service in the Mansion House Hospital here in Alexandria during the Civil War, and some aspects of her life after the war.  Margaret Irwin will discuss Anne’s life dressed as a Civil War nurse, and will sign copies of her book following the program.

Espionage Tea at Carlyle House
June 25, 2017 from 2:30-4 p.m.
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.carlylehouse.org 

Discover your inner spy at a special Espionage Tea. Are you as clever and talented as Frank Stringfellow, a real historical character featured on PBS’ Civil War drama, MERCY STREET, and real-life sweetheart of Emma Green who lived at Carlyle House? Tickets can be purchased at www.carlylehouse.org or by calling 703-549-2997. Advance reservations are required.

Civil War Sundays at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum
January 8-May 29, 2017 from 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4399
www.alexandriava.gov/archaeology 

Explore the Civil War in Alexandria with Civil War Sundays, a showcase of an original May 26, 1861, edition New-York Tribune detailing Colonel Elmer Ellsworth's death in Alexandria, a Peeps Diorama illustrating Ellsworth's death, a diorama of a heating system constructed in Alexandria to warm Civil War hospital tents during the winter of 1861, a cocked and loaded Wickham musket discarded in a privy during the 1860s, an exhibit on the Lee St. Site during the Civil War, and more! Tour the Alexandria Archaeology Museum between 1 and 5 p.m. for Civil War Sundays, on the 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Admission is free though donations are encouraged. 

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