Be a Tourist in Your Own Neighborhood!

July 31, 2016 / editor

Did you watch Mercy Street this past winter or like several others, have you decided to binge watch Mercy Street?  If you have then you know the role of our own city, Alexandria, plays in the show.

If you haven’t watched Mercy Street yet, then get started!  This show which aired on PBS showcases what life was like for people in Alexandria during the Civil War.  More specifically, it follows the lives of two nurses of Mansion House Hospital, one an abolitionist from the North and the other a Confederate Belle.

We are so lucky to be living in an area rich with history and the ability to be tourists every day if we want with our proximity to the nation’s capitol.  Now, with the popularity of Mercy Street, Alexandria has even more to offer in terms of going out, exploring and being a tourist in your own backyard.  With more than two dozen tours, events and exhibits around Alexandria, you can truly experience Mercy Street and get a better understanding of what life was like during the Civil War.  You can choose to do your own self-guided tour, visit the mansion and other sites that inspired Mercy Street or head out on guided tours based on the show.  Weather you’ve been in Alexandria your whole life, new to the city or have people coming to visit, make sure you add one of these Mercy Street inspired activities into your plans.

Living in our amazing city of Alexandria, it’s hard to remember how much there is to do around us.  It is also easy to forget how fun it can be to just pretend to be a visitor and tourist in your own neighborhood!


Posted by Jill Burke

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