Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th– and 19th-century architecture, including many sites important to women’s history. To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up our top 10 ways to explore women’s history in Alexandria, from sites associated with abolitionist Harriet Jacobs to new waterfront restaurant Vola’s Dockside Grill named after Alexandria’s first female city manager and local Civil Rights leader Vola Lawson. You can also celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-owned businesses in Alexandria, including almost 90% of the shops in the Old Town Boutique District. Keep reading to learn more about the people and places in Alexandria who helped forge the way for women’s rights.
Fans of PBS’ Mercy Street, based on real events of Civil War Alexandria, Virginia, can explore the real history behind the show by visiting Alexandria, located just outside of Washington, D.C. The city is presenting 50 Mercy Street-inspired tours, exhibits and events.
One of the best things about PBS’ Mercy Street is the attention to detail and historical accuracy, and the costumes featured on the series are no different. Fans can’t get enough of the elaborate Civil War costumes worn by Mercy Street characters from the nurses to the soldiers, doctors and more. In this post, we explore the costumes from Mercy Street including insight from the costume designer, and how the costumes shed a spotlight on gender during the Civil War. Keep reading to learn about visitor experiences in Alexandria, including an opportunity to see real costumes from Mercy Street and try on your own Mercy Street-inspired costume!