• Sep
    • 30
    • 2017

Halloween Season is Here!

‘Tis the season for ghosts…and more! Check out our haunted happenings as we celebrate Halloween the entire month of October!

As always, our flagship tour, Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour, will be offered every night this October and twice on Fridays and Saturdays! On weekend evenings, join us at 7:30pm (or 9:00pm) at the corner of King and Fairfax Streets (at the Burke & Herbert Bank) to check in or purchase last minute tickets. Every other night, we’ll be outside of the Visitor Center. You can Purchase tickets online in advance to guarantee a spot!

On Friday, October 27th, join us for a one night only Halloween experience! Visit Gadsby’s Tavern and hear the story of the Mysterious Female Stranger, whose identity is still unknown to this day. Visit the bedroom where she spent her last hours on earth. Walk the floors she walked and the floors she may be walking to this very day. Explore the historic building while you hear the tragic story that transformed this woman of mystery into a ghost! Tours given every 30 minutes from 7:00-9:00pm. Make sure to purchase tickets online! This tour sells out!

Continue the touring fun from the comfort of your own home, your tablet or virtual reality glasses! We have just launched a new video tour channel on YouTube. The more subscribers we gain, the more content we’ll be able to offer in the future. Check us out, subscribe and enjoy the virtual tours, including a FREE mini ghost tour!

We’ve started a bit of a tradition in Octobers that we’re proud to continue this year. For every ticket purchased for Wednesday ghost tours in October, we’ll donate $1 per ticket to the Wounded Warrior Project. This year, we’re also hoping you’ll help us donate even more by subscribing to our new YouTube channel, Tour Alexandria 360: subscribe here. If we reach 1,000 subscribers, we will donate $1,000 dollars — please help us reach our goal for this very worthy cause!

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    • Jul
    • 05
    • 2017

This Summer: We’re Giving Back Every Wednesday

This July and August, we will be donating $1 for every ticket purchased for a Wednesday night Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour!

On August 14th, our friends at The Fish Market are hosting the 8th Annual Old Town Cup to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – National Capital Chapter. Please join us in our support of this wonderful annual event and excellent charity.

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    • Dec
    • 12
    • 2016

Make this Holiday Season a Haunted One!

Get in the holiday spirit…with spirits! 👻

Join us for Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour as an 18th century guide leads you by lantern underneath the sparkling white lights of Old Town. 🕯 🎄

December 17 @7:30pm
December 23 @ 7:30pm
December 26 @ 7:30pm
December 27 @ 7:30pm
December 28 @ 7:30pm
December 29 @ 7:30pm
December 30 @ 7:30pm
December 31 @ 7:30pm
January 1 @ 7:30pm

We hope you join us for this festive, haunted history experience! ✨

Purchase tickets online here, in advance, to guarantee your spot! 🎟

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    • Sep
    • 30
    • 2016

October Tours


It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Alexandria Colonial Tours! October is Halloween season, and to celebrate, we’re hosting tours every single night! We’ll be offering Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour each evening, and we’re also hosting a wide array of special events throughout the month.

Take a look at our October schedule.
We look forward to scaring serving you!


Every Night: Ghost & Graveyard Tours at 7:30pm; and 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays
October 1 at 2:30pm: The Mercy Walk, inspired by the PBS series, Mercy Street
October 8 at 2:30pm: The Mercy Walk, inspired by the PBS series, Mercy Street
October 15 at 2:30pm: The Mercy Walk, inspired by the PBS series, Mercy Street
October 16 at 4:30pm: Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour
October 22 at 2:30pm: The Mercy Walk, inspired by the PBS series, Mercy Street
October 28 at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 & 9pm: Special Halloween Tour of Gadsby’s Tavern
October 29 at 2:30pm: The Mercy Walk, inspired by the PBS series, Mercy Street
October 29 at 4:30pm: Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour
October 30 at 5pm: Haunted Dine Around, A Ghostly Dinner Experience
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    • Sep
    • 01
    • 2016

The Mercy Walk: Join Us for the Last Tours of 2016!

The Mercy Walk inspired by Mercy Street on PBS
Join us this Labor Day weekend for The Mercy Walk! Buy tickets online now to experience Old Town Alexandria’s Mercy Walk tour, based on the hit PBS show, MERCY STREET!
You’ve watched the show, either live or in a binge watch session on Amazon Video, now experience walking the same streets as your favorite characters! See the sights that inspired the show and visit the very location of the Green family home, which was turned into a Civil War hospital. And, when the walk is over, the tour timing is perfect to catch the tour experience, “‘Who These Wounded Are:’ The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital”  at The Carlyle House.
There are only three more chances to take The Mercy Walk before MERCY STREET premieres on PBS on January 22, 2017. Don’t miss out on the experience that will bring the show to life!
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    • Mar
    • 11
    • 2016

New Ivy Hill Tour Dates Announced

Alexandria Colonial Tours is excited to announce two Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour dates added to the calendar this spring!

Saturday, March 26, 2016 4:30pm

Saturday, April 2, 2016 4:30pm

This tour, inspired by the hit PBS series MERCY STREET, features the story of the Green family, whose hotel was used as a hospital during the Civil War.

Visit the graves of Emma Green and Confederate spy Frank Stringfellow, as well as many of Alexandria’s most prominent and historic families. Learn the fascinating history of the cemetery and hear the stories of how the Civil War transformed lives and the city forever.

Purchase tickets online, call us at 703-519-1749, or email tours@alexcolonialtours.com. Space is very limited.

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    • Feb
    • 11
    • 2016

2016 Ghost & Graveyard Tour Tickets Now Available!

Tickets are now available for the 2016 season!

Tours will begin on March 18th and will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until mid-June, when more evening tours will be added to the schedule. As always, October tours will take place every night throughout the month. And, due to popularity this year, Holiday tours will be on the schedule once again this year.

You may purchase tickets online, call 703-519-1749, email tours@alexcolonialtours.com, or purchase in person at The Christmas Attic, the Visitor’s Center, or from one of our costumed guides!

We’re looking forward to continuing to scare serve you this year!

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    • Jan
    • 18
    • 2016

The Mercy Walk in Old Town Alexandria

Emma Green (Hannah James) / Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS

Walk the same streets as Nurse Mary Phinney, Jedediah Foster, Frank Stringfellow and the Green family.
Based on the new PBS series, MERCY STREET, Alexandria’s The Mercy Walk tour will give visitors and locals alike a feel for Alexandria and what it was like to live in an occupied city during the Civil War. This tour includes stops at the former Marshall House, the Confederate Statue, James Green’s furniture factory, and the only portion of the Mansion House Hotel still standing today. Join us to hear the true stories of Alexandria, a true microcosm of the Civil War all within one city.
Mercy Street PBS Alexandria VA

Nurse Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) Photo Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS

Tours will begin in March 2016.

Stay tuned for details, a schedule and the option to purchase tickets online.

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