Top 4 Mercy Street-Inspired Experiences for African American History in Alexandria

The creators of PBS’ Mercy Street have been dedicated to illuminating the complexities of the Civil War through the characters and showing that everyone, regardless of gender, class, race or geographic alliances, experienced life during the war differently. In this Mercy Street Monday blog post, we’ll be focusing specifically on the empowering stories of African American characters in the series by rounding up our top 4 Mercy Street inspired experiences in Alexandria on the subject.

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Medicine and Mercy in Alexandria: The Real Apothecary

After watching PBS’ Mercy Street, some of you are asking if that’s really what it was like during the Civil War, particularly in regards to medicine and medical treatments. Keep reading to learn why the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ and how you can explore more by visiting the sites in Alexandria that inspired the series.

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The Real Mansion House From PBS’ Mercy Street

In the premier episode of PBS’ Mercy Street season one, the bulk of the action takes place on the Green family property, including their home, called “the Mansion House,” and their hotel, which was expropriated by Federal troops for use as a Union hospital during the Civil War. The Mansion House Hospital, already transformed from the hotel when the show begins, is where we see Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Dr. Jed Foster (Josh Radnor) work together treating Union and Confederate soldiers in the first episode.

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How to Watch PBS’ Mercy Street Episode 1 NOW

As Alexandria prepares for the national spotlight, we are bringing you a sneak peek, including a first look at the full premiere,  of PBS’ first American drama in nearly a decade—‘Mercy Street’. By now, you’ve probably heard local and national buzz about the medical drama, inspired by true stories of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia. Whether you already have your DVR set to record the PBS premiere this Sunday January 17th, 2016, after Downton Abbey, or are wondering “What is this all about?” this blog post will tell you everything you need to know to get excited for the show. Get an early glimpse of Mercy Street with this 30 second preview from PBS and a link to the FULL first episode available online NOW.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the digital premiere of PBS’ Mercy Street available online NOW

 

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What’s New in Alexandria 2016

Alexandria is well-known for making history, and 2016 will definitely be one for the record books. The new year brings a new, national PBS drama series based on real events of Civil War Alexandria; a continued waterfront renaissance; and new restaurants and “Brew News” that have foodies and beer-enthusiasts buzzing about Alexandria. Keep reading for all the details about what’s happening in 2016.

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Seasonal Spirits: Cocktails and Festive Drinks

When temperatures start to fall, nothing warms you up like a cup of good cheer. Thankfully, Alexandria is practically overflowing with holiday spirit(s)! From special brews to festive cocktails, mulled wine and artisan cider, Alexandria restaurants and pubs are concocting and pouring yummy holiday drinks that will keep you toasty and toasting all the way to New Year’s and beyond.

Don’t want to be left out in the cold? Read on for our list of the top seasonal spirits in Alexandria! And of course, please drink responsibly (remember, too much eggnog got Grandma run over by a reindeer!).

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You Told Us: #CraveYourLocal Holidays in Alexandria

When Alexandria’s grassroots #CraveYourLocal campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago, we asked you, our loyal followers, what you crave about the holidays in our historic city.  Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions and events, and was recently named one of the Best Cities to Visit For Christmas. So it should come as no surprise that many of you crave the twinkle-lit trees, magical holiday decorations, and local boutiques during the holiday season. Keep reading to see what social media users, locals and visitors crave in Alexandria—you might just see your answer! And keep using #CraveYourLocal for more opportunities to be featured on the blog and social media channels.

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Alexandria is Your Shop Small Headquarters for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

Check out our 2016 Shop Small blog post featuring Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

This holiday season, make your shopping experience memorable and worry-free in Alexandria, the DC region’s Shop Small Headquarters. Over 80% of the shops in Old Town and Del Ray are independently owned—which means you can find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your “nice list”, all in one weekend.

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Halloween Weekend Picks

Alexandria is one of America’s most historic haunts, making this Halloween weekend a can’t-miss fall fright. Been too “wrapped up” to make Halloween plans? Don’t be scared, even if you’re a mummy, we’ve got you covered with these spooky and kooky Halloween weekend picks.

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Farmers’ Markets in Alexandria, Virginia

This fall, get outside and explore Alexandria’s vibrant neighborhoods by visiting our farmers’ markets, conveniently dispersed throughout the city.  Each market offers its own, unique glimpse into Alexandria’s character, with something for everyone to fall in love with and take home (unless, of course, you eat it first).  Whether you’re a longtime resident or just visiting for the weekend, we’ve compiled a roundup of farmers’ markets in Alexandria so you can experience each one like a local.

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