Discover Alexandria's Colonial and Civil War History
Take a walk through Old Town Alexandria, a colonial city with a rich history from the French and Indian War through present day. Inspired by the hit 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 Civil War 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 while you get inside access to his opulent stone mansion. Visit the site where George Washington was first addressed as President. Transit through an actual World War II 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.
Visits to The Carlyle House, The Athenaeum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary included. Order of visits dependent on tour start time decided by customer. Each of these sites existed during the Civil War and played an important role during the Union occupation of Alexandria.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Lodging location within Alexandria City Limits or Alexandria Visitor's Center, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
End location: Lodging location within Alexandria City Limits or Alexandria Visitor's Center, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Driving to and from lodging point (if within Alexandria city limits) to tour beginning point (Alexandria City Hall.) Tour is level walking of about 1 mile in length.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Enough to cover any personal items such as souvenirs, food, or drinks.
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September 27, 28, and October 1 and 2 four of us toured the DC area with Tom. He was knowledgeable about the area, fun, and flexible. We had a great time! Tom's tour gets a 5 out of 5. We saw so much more than we would have seen on our own! Thank you Tom. Lou & Gary Mayer