Must-See Historic House Museums in Alexandria

Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria stands as a pioneer of early historic preservation efforts and is ranked the third oldest locally designated historic district in the U.S., following Charleston’s historic district and the French Quarter in New Orleans. A host of historic house museums highlight the beginnings of America, weaving the rich tapestry of the city’s history from 18th-century to the present. We’ve rounded up the top must-see historic houses and house museums in Alexandria, from our first president’s home to one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” masterpieces. There’s a unique story behind every door.
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Video: See the Cast of PBS’ Mercy Street in Alexandria

If you can’t wait to see your favorite characters from PBS’ Mercy Street on-screen again, we’ve got you covered. This fall, some of the cast members and producers of Mercy Street toured Alexandria with us, which you can see in the videos below.  With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the city that inspired the series and retrace the steps of the stars of Mercy Street in Alexandria. Keep reading to see what the cast thought about our city! (spoiler alert: they thought it was “extraordinary”)

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Take Alexandria’s New Mercy Street Inspired Self-Guided Tour

The stories of PBS’ Mercy Street live in Alexandria. Now that you’ve seen the show, you can explore the real sites, stories and people that inspired the series right here in Alexandria.

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The Real Women Who Inspired PBS’ Mercy Street

PBS describes Mercy Street as a Civil War drama that “follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict” in order to show viewers what life was like on the home front during the war. With only ONE episode left in the first season of Mercy Street, today’s blog post will focus on these two nurses and the real women who inspired their characters.

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Top 5 Day Trips from Alexandria, Virginia

If you’re long on wanderlust but short on time, Alexandria is the perfect home base for day trips to DC, Virginia wine country or pristine national parks and beaches. From historic sites to mountain hikes, you can find it all in Alexandria’s backyard, with a host of attractions all within a few hours of our extraordinary city. Continue reading

An Inside Look at Alexandria’s African American History

To walk through African American history, walk through Old Town Alexandria. From colonial times, to the Civil War, to civil rights, Alexandria has seen Black history being made, and today you can discover the stories of African Americans who shaped Alexandria and America at our many sites steeped in African American heritage. Continue reading