Old Town Crier

January 2017 Alexandria Events

Alexandria, VA’s New 2017 Tours, Exhibits and Events

Bring PBS’ Original Drama MERCY STREET

to Life for Second Season

City that Inspired PBS Series Announces 25 New Visitor Experiences

As fans of the PBS Civil War-era drama MERCY STREET anticipate the show’s return for a second season on January 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET, historic Alexandria, Virginia announces 25 new tours, exhibits and events inspired by the series, launching in 2017 as the new season airs.
MERCY STREET, PBS’ first original American drama in a decade, is inspired by real events of Civil War Alexandria. Alexandria celebrates the national spotlight on its history by presenting 35 visitor experiences for MERCY STREET fans in 2017, including 25 new offerings. Fans are invited 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 food, fashion 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.




Ten visitor experiences are returning for a second year, including the top-visited MERCY STREET-inspired exhibit, “Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital” at Carlyle House, once the Green family home adjacent to the Mansion House hospital, featuring an interpretation of period hospital rooms and doctor/officer housing, plus stories of nurse Mary Phinney and spy Frank Stringfellow.



January/Early February Events:


Civil War Sundays at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum

January 8-May 29, 2017

Admission: Free

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314




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.


Civil War Wine Dinner with Gray Ghost Winery

January 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Admission: $125

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum & Restaurant, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314




Start your evening in the City Hotel for the first course and conversation with Gray Ghost Vineyards, whose wines are created on lands “Gray Ghost” Confederate John S. Mosby and his men operated upon during the Civil War. Then head down to the restaurant’s main dining room to experience more wine and great food inspired by the 19th-century. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the first tasting. Dress is business casual.


Heflebower’s Cobblers & Cocktails at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

February 3, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.

Admission: $50 includes two drink tickets, period appetizers and evening of historic socializing

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314




It is 1862 and tavern keeper Samuel Heflebower is running a bar at the City Hotel where cocktails are “swallowed in the darkness.” Come taste 19th-century cocktails, learn a bit of tavern history, and try to evade the Provost Marshall!


Publishers Note: We will continue to print Mercy Street themed events as they happen during the course of the year. We hope you are all tuned in to the series since it is right here in our own back yard!