Many of you have at least heard of the new series on PBS, Mercy Street. If takes place during the Civil War in Alexandria, and uses real events and real places to tell the story of how the war effected people on both sides, living and working in Alexandria during those years.
Did you know that last fall, we worked on the actual building that used to be the Mansion House Hotel? We restored the windows and exterior trim to keep it in top shape for years to come. The building is on the National Register of historic Places, as the Bank of Alexandria.
The image below, from Visit Alexandria, shows the evolution of the property, adjacent to the Carlyle house.
That 3 story building on the corner is the Bank of Alexandria building. Watch our interview with Rich Winkler as he talks about the special care needs to be given to the maintenance and repair of the building, to ensure that the historical integrity remains intact.
For more about the real local history that surrounds the PBS series Mercy Street, the Greene Family and the Carlyle House, as well as links to other Alexandria resources, read this article from Visit Alexandria: The Real Mansion House From PBS’ Mercy Street