• 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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    • 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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    • Sep
    • 17
    • 2015

A Shadow, or Something Else…?

Thanks to a couple of our local ghost tourists, we can all have trouble falling asleep tonight!

Recent local residents enjoyed a tour and all seemed well. However, upon arriving home, this ghostly shadow greeted them! What do you think? Are these shadows reflected by headlights, or is it a ghostly dog who followed them home?

Sweet dreams!

Creepy Dog Shadow

Is this a canine spirit in Alexandria?

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    • Sep
    • 19
    • 2014

A Guide to the Lovelorn: Dating in Alexandria

Woman.  A creation that can inspire an artist to paint a masterpiece, make a soldier go to war, or move a man to achieve great things. And all of that for a woman’s approval or a simple embrace or a kiss.  For centuries, poets and playwrights have endeavored to understand the fairer sex, and so have I.

Who am I?  My name is Victor, the greatest lover in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The title was not an easy one to come by.  I have encountered many women and have made them swoon over me.

Originally, I came from the Republic of Venice. Living in a city famed for its beauty, helped instill in me a fondness for all things full of life and beauty.  I was enamored by it, but felt that true beauty could only be found in things that were new and young, so I dreamt of coming to America.

Sadly, my fame has become somewhat over shadowed by my relative Giacomo. You know him, but by another name, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova.   I shall pause for the gasp.  I felt that he could have the Old World and its ancient things.  Like I said, I prefer things that are new and young.

So I came to America.  I am now a ghost of course and take my place in the history of what is now Old Town Alexandria.

During my haunting of Old Town I’ve watched many men attempt to initiate the dance of courtship, and it has become increasingly difficult to watch. Many young men try and fail in their pursuit of the fairer sex all because they do not understand how women think and what they are looking for.  Therefore, I shall provide the lovelorn men of this city with five steps to guarantee success while courting a woman.

  1. Confidence.  Believe in yourself and everything you do.  Women love to know that the man she is with is confident in his own abilities.
  2. Talk about yourself all the time.  She will love hearing about your exploits and see how great you are.
  3. Make all the decisions.  By making all the decisions when the two of you are together the woman will appreciate your strength of character. After all, you’re always right.
  4. Begin preparing for the next opportunity to spend time together.  Inform her of your plans for the second date as the first begins to close.  By allowing her to know this, she can prepare to make herself look good for you and completely free her schedule.
  5. Be persuasive.  In the event she has any problems with the previous step, always be prepared to persuade her into changing her mind and having her see everything your way.

By following these steps, the lovelorn men of Alexandria will not be lonely for long.  These steps all worked for me, except for that one incident. To learn more about my own exploits and my fate take the North Route of the Ghost and Graveyard Tour. I’ll be there too of course.

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