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Joint Art Exhibit on the Creek

The C.Burr Artz Library and the Delaplaine are putting their heads together and joint-hosting a wonderful exhibit, “Frederick County Glimpses Past and Present,” that will celebrate the transformation of Frederick City from the 19th century through present day.

Photos of the city’s “past,” from the 19th century and early-to-mid 20th century, will be featured in the Library. These photographs from the FCPL archival collection will be on display in the main entrance way and in the Maryland Room on the second floor.

The Delaplaine will feature a variety of artworks by local artists, including paintings by Deborah Lovelace Richardson and Paula Rubin Wexler, photography by Brady Wilks and Harriet Wise, and sculpture by Homer Yost.

The two facilities are located along Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick, the Delaplaine at 40 South Carroll Street and the C. Burr Artz Library at 110 East Patrick Street. Diane Sibbison, the Exhibitions Manager at the Delaplaine, says,  “with both sites only about one block apart along Carroll Creek, we hope that people will visit both portions of the exhibit… It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring local art and local history together, and, as Mary [Mannix, the Maryland Room Manager,] said, raise the visibility of both.”

The public is invited to opening receptions at both locations on Saturday, January 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. This exhibit will be open at both locations through February 19th and will be available for viewing daily.

For more information, contact the Delaplaine at 301-698-0656 or www.delaplaine.org.

For more information on this exhibit, visit www.delaplaine.org

For more information on this exhibit, visit www.delaplaine.org


‘Tis the Season!

We don’t know about you, but we think that one of the most magical times of year in Frederick County is the Holidays! The trees are all lit up, the streets are festive, there’s clippity-clopping up and down the streets of Downtown Frederick, and sometimes, there is even snow! We’re so excited to put on our winter jackets, gloves, and hats to meander through the county this year and take part in all of Holiday hustle and bustle. Here are just a few highlights of the season:


Christmas in Thurmont: Come out for Santa, the Festival of Trees, gingerbread displays, crafts, face painting, prizes, and more on Main Street in Thurmont.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees & Gingerbread Display Viewings:

Saturday, December 3,10,17, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 4,11,18, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, December 8,15,22, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, December 9,16, 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Traditional Village Christmas at the Catoctin Furnace: Decorate a wreath, drink some hot mulled wine or apple cider for kids, sing, and dance!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Middletown’s Christmas in the Valley: You can vote for the most festive house or business in Middletown and see the lighting of the town Christmas Tree! You can also enjoy a puppet show while eating delicious cookies and if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Toy Drive, you’ll get a “santa sack” that the local businesses will fill up with goodies.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Main Street Christmas on Mt. Airy Main Street: Stroll along classic Main Street, light the beautiful tree, see the Santa Parade and more!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joyful Jingles Holiday Open House at the Urbana Library: Treat your ears with awesome local talent and many other family friendly activities!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Walkersville: Listen to local choirs sing while drinking delicious hot cocoa and eating scrumptious cookies in Creamery Park.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hometown Holidays in Brunswick: This town has got it all: breakfast with Santa, pop-up shops, gingerbread house making, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, museums by candlelight, and a children’s holiday party at the American Legion.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Open House at Thorpewood Lodge in ThurmontGroove to local music, relax by a roaring fire, and let your kids decorate their tree!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Candlelight House Tours in Downtown: These tours are so beautiful every year! Take a peek into these gorgeously festive homes during a self-guided tour through Downtown Frederick. You can buy tickets from a number of retailers as well as on their website.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Visit Celebrate Frederick’s website to purchase tickets and look at a map of the homes.

Candlelit Tours of the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton: This beautiful shrine, nestled in the Emmitsburg mountaintop, is even more serene by candlelight. You’ll be guided through the chapel, two historic homes, and the surrounding grounds.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Candlelit Historic Houses of Worship Tour in Downtown Frederick: If you’re a fan of Frederick’s Clustered Spires, make sure to plan for this tour.  Most of the participating houses of worship have refreshments as well as music programs throughout the evening.

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Downtown Frederick: There is nothing like seeing those iconic carriages flurried about Downtown Frederick to remind you of the Holidays! If you’d like to catch a weekend tour, they run almost every weekend in December.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cookies and Carriage Holiday Light Tour: If riding in a carriage makes you a little peckish, this tour is the perfect way to sate your sweet tooth! Tours depart from the Skater House, where you can get some cookies and hot cider before a ride through Downtown Frederick.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Open House with Santa: Meet Santa and get some helpful tips to keep your home safe during the Holidays at the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Live Nativity: The Urbana Fire Hall is hosting Wesley Chapel’s presentation of the Nativity with live animals (including a camel!) A Sign Language interpreter will be present at the six o’clock and seven o’clock showings and, did we mention there will be hot chocolate and cookies? 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 6:00 pm –6:30 pm, 7:00 pm –7:30 pm, 8:00 pm –8:30 pm

Shelbyville 2016 Outdoor Christmas Display: This is their last year, so visit the North Pole for the last time at 105 Harrison St. in Mt. Airy! Don’t forget to bring a food donation for the Mt. Airy Food Bank.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Kris Kringle Procession: Don’t miss Santa Claus himself marching with local children in Christmas costumes! This adorable Christmas walk begins at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Street and ends at the Bandshell in Baker Park for the tree lighting ceremony!

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Breakfast with Santa and Friends: Adventure Park USA in New Market will feed you breakfast then let you ride the roller coasters, play games, do crafts and more!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Big Country Breakfast with Santa: This hearty breakfast is hosted at the Fire Company Carnival Grounds in the Activity Building, so you can let Santa know everything on your list while eating delicious food!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 am – 11:00 am


Frederick Community College

The Spires at Christmas: Classic Christmas carols played by The Spires Brass Band of Frederick at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 pm

The Mannheim Steamroller Style Christmas: Holiday favorites played by The Frederick Symphony Orchestra at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hood College

A Candlelight Vespers Service: Seasonal music, prayers, and readings will take place in the Coffman Chapel on campus. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s Chorale Concert: Timeless hymns accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble at the Seton Shrine.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Carols by Candlelight: Classic Christmas Carols sung at the Seton Shrine followed by a tree lighting ceremony.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Christmas with The Frederick Chorale:  An eclectic selection of Holiday music and carols at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at 35 E Church St.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holiday Caroling and Bazaar: If you love singing carols and don’t want to knock on doors in your neighborhood, you can join the crowd at the Sky Stage at 59 S Carroll St. for singing and some last minute shopping.

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Winter Frederick County Scenics photographed for the Tourism Council of Frederick County

5th Annual Cigar and Whiskey Night at Sugarloaf Mountain with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Atop the beautiful slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine celebrates their annual Cigar and Whiskey Night at Stronghold Mansion. This Friday, June 24th, marks another great event as NMCWM members and supporters enjoy Civil War-inspired spirits, snacks, and cigars throughout the evening.

It’s a known fact that Civil War soldiers enjoyed their whiskey rations, and Civil War surgeons relied heavily on alcohol as the core pain reliever and “stimulant.” Whiskey and beer could be found in most Civil War hospitals and were given liberally to patients whether they were recovering from battle wounds or sick from disease.

A Smith Bowman will provide the spirits for the evening and Flying Dog will be serving the museum’s very own Civil War beer – SawBones.  The Wine Kitchen will provide the vittles and the NMCWM will provide the cigars and the stories.

Join the NMCWM as they toast to the surgeons and medical personnel who saved lives on and off the battlefield during the Civil War. Enjoy stories about the incredible history of the property.

Did you know? Sugar Loaf Mountain played a vital role in military campaigns during the Civil War. An outpost on the top of the mountain housed a Signal Corps station, where flags were used to send messages over long distances.  Living historians will portray Signal Corps members and conduct firing demonstrations with Civil War weaponry.

Come out, experience a taste of history on the ground where momentous events took place, and enjoy the company of fellow history, whiskey and beer lovers.

Event Details:

Cigar and Whiskey Night 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016; 6 – 9 PM

The Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain
7802 B Comus Rd.
Dickerson, MD 20842

Registration is required and can be done online at http://www.civilwarmed.org/cigar-and-whiskey-night-2016/ or at the NMCWM. Tickets are $75 for NMCWM members and $90 for non-NMCWM members.


For more information, contact Jake Wynn at jake.wynn@civilwarmed.org or 301-695-1864.

Press Release and photos courtesy of: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Barnstormers Tour Brings History to Life

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, The Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out return for another memorable year in Frederick County on June 11th! The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation is proud to host this exciting event that highlights local historical sites, Maryland heritage, and so much more!

The notorious Barnstormers Tour is a self-guided tour-event that allows all guests to explore through the nine barns around the scenic foothills of the South Mountain Region and learn about the beautiful old structures that house many stories and historical accounts. This event has three components, a ticketed barn tour, an art show/sale, and various educational demos and displays.

After the barn tour, the popular groupMountain Air will provide music during the reception and art show/sale. The reception is free and open to the public.

For $15, adults can gain entry into the 9-barn tour along with guidebooks and map. Children 16 years of age and under are free. Private properties and structures will be open for the day of the event and accessible by ticket holders only. Certain locations will also offer unique exhibitions like Civil War reenactments, blacksmith presentations, and more!

Art exhibitions and a juried art panel will take place in the afternoon- enjoy as artists create right in front of your eyes and even purchase your own masterpieces at the end of your day! Afternoon art show and sale at the host farm, plus beautiful music!


The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, rain or shine. Advance tickets sales open around May 30th. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket/guidebooks with map will be sold in advance at the Frederick Visitor’s Center, located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Ticket price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets are also available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum.

For more information about this stunning attraction and volunteer opportunities, visit their website at: www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org

OVER THE EDGE: Mercy Street Comes Alive in Alexandria

(Photo Via PBS- www.pbs.org/mercy-street/home)

The return of MERCY STREET Season 2 on PBS has the NOVA area buzzing. Based out of Alexandria, the series dives into stories inspired by real events to produce an anticipated drama of Civil War Medicine around the nation’s capital in the 1800’s. The program follows the lives of two nurses on opposing sides of the renowned conflict between North and South. Sides clash when the two nurses come face to face at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, VA.

Visit this historic yet revolutionary city as it hosts new and existing tours alongside interactive events highlighting the exciting return of MERCY STREET and all of the intriguing locations as seen on TV. Eight MERCY STREET- inspired tours, including interactive and walking attractions, will be offered by land and a few by water. Tours will be lead by well-known locals DC Military Tours, Alexandria Colonial Tours, the Lee-Fendall House, and The National Women’s History Museum.

With its pristine location rich with history, excellent shopping, and waterfront views, Alexandria is the perfect place to turn your MERCY STREET excursion into an unforgettable weekend getaway. Enjoy a weekend away at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco and experience the life inside MERCY STREET with their “Have Mercy” package- details here! Or call- 703-549-6080.

Find Alexandria experiences inspired by PBS’ MERCY STREET at



Mercy in Alexandria Walking Tour
Public tour every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (additional tour times coming soon)
Additional tours by appointment
Tour starts at Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
DC Military Tours

Experience an inside access tour of 19th century Alexandria. Inspired by the PBS mini-series “Mercy Street,” accompany a trained military historian through Civil War-era Alexandria and learn the actual history behind the TV show. Get behind-the-scenes stories of locations where “Mercy Street” characters lived, worked and played.

“The Mercy Walk” Guided Tour
March 25, 26, 27 & April 1, 2, 3, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Alexandria Colonial Tours

Walk the same streets as the Green family and all of your favorite characters from “Mercy Street.”
Based on the 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. Space is limited!

Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial Tour
April 2, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Office of Historic Alexandria and the Alexandria Black History Museum
1001 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join City Archaeologist Fran Bromberg and Black History Museum Director and PBS’ “Mercy Street” history consultant Audrey Davis as you learn about the history of contrabands buried in the cemetery, the fascinating archaeology behind its rediscovery, and how the site became a memorial.

Medical Heroism in Alexandria: Tour by Land and Water
April 2016 through Columbus Day; 2nd Saturday and 4th Friday of each month
Saturday tours at 2 p.m.; Friday tours at 3 p.m.
Start at the Alexandria City Marina
DC Military Tours

Explore the “Mercy Street” story by land and by water on this guided tour of Civil War Alexandria. Accompany a trained military historian from DC Military Tours by boat through Alexandria’s 19th-century seaport and then by land for an inside access look at period sites depicted on “Mercy Street,” including a Civil War hospital and other parts of the city’s Civil War landscape.

Beyond the Battlefield Walking Tour
May 14, July 9, September 10 & November 12, 2016
10 a.m.
Admission: $15
Tour starts at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Discover the real-life stories and locations of soldiers, citizens and former slaves that inspired the PBS drama “Mercy Street” in this walking tour of Old Town. Discover the challenges, triumphs and controversies of life behind the front lines in an occupied city during the Civil War. See the locations of hospitals, hotels, prisons and more that filled Alexandria during four years of conflict. Tour length is three hours and the route is approximately 1.75 miles. Parking is not available at The Lyceum’s lot for this program.

Women of Civil War Alexandria Tour
Presented by the National Women’s History Museum
June to October 2016
Admission: $15
Schedule TBD

Alexandria was in a unique position during the Civil War. It was a city with Southern sympathies continuously occupied by the Union Army and virtually operating as a Northern supply depot due to its proximity to Washington, DC and its transportation infrastructure. The women who remained in Alexandria and those who came during occupation experienced the War not as a battle but a day-to-day way of life. This tour will explore the stories of a diverse group of women and their experiences living in Civil War Alexandria.

Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria Self-Guided Tour
The Lyceum-Alexandria’s History Museum
201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Fans of PBS’ “Mercy Street” drama series will learn about the real history behind the show on this self-guided walking tour, which features significant Civil War Alexandria sites all within walking distance of The Lyceum, which was seized and used as a hospital during the war.

Ivy Hill Cemetery Self-Guided Tour
2823 Kings Cloister Circle, Alexandria, VA 22302

Ivy Hill Cemetery presents a self-guided tour on the Green family and Frank Stringfellow, who are featured in the PBS drama “Mercy Street.” Chartered in 1856, Ivy Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of the Green family and Frank Stringfellow. Guided tours will be available upon request. Maps for self-guided tours are available at the Ivy Hill Cemetery office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also available for download from Ivy Hill Cemetery’s website.


Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital
Carlyle House Historic Park
Ongoing exhibit
121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

From 1861-1865, the U.S. Army used Carlyle House, then the home of Emma Green and her family, and the adjacent Mansion House Hotel as a hospital and staff quarters. The people who lived and worked at this site in Alexandria and their real life stories have inspired the PBS television show, “Mercy Street.” The owner of the house and hotel, James Green, was one of the richest men in town and made a deep historical footprint on Alexandria.

Carlyle House’s exhibit features the factual story of the history of the site and its occupants. Upstairs, a new interpretation will explore the lives of these individuals through period hospital rooms and doctor/officer housing.

Green Family Exhibit
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
January to May 2016
107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary remained open and operational when Alexandria was occupied during the Civil War. The Green family and Union Quartermaster staff shopped there to purchase everything from laudanum to cologne. Today, visitors can take a guided tour and experience the historic space where occupied Alexandria came to shop. The exhibit features the purchases and stories of the Green family and the Union Quartermaster.

The Journey to be Free: Self-emancipation and Alexandria’s Contraband Heritage
Alexandria Black History Museum
Exhibit extended through May 8, 2016
902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314

During the Civil War, thousands of African Americans escaping slavery sought refuge behind Union lines in Alexandria, Virginia. The fugitives found freedom in Alexandria, but also a city under siege. The influx overwhelmed the city. Rampant disease and deprivation took their toll on the freedmen. A cemetery was created for those who had survived slavery, but did not live long in freedom. “The Journey to be Free” shows the legacy of Alexandria’s contraband community and the amazing story of their burial ground that was lost and rediscovered, now memorialized as the Contraband and Freedmen Cemetery.

Hotel vs. Hospital Exhibit
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Ongoing exhibit
134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Learn the story of the fine hotel industry in Alexandria and how it quickly changed after the Civil War began. The City Hotel (today part of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum) was the only major hotel in Alexandria to remain open during the entirety of the war. The two other fine hotels in town, Mansion House and Marshall House, had closed. Guests will discover how tavernkeeper Samuel Heflebower was able to remain in business as he catered to the new customers in town.

“Mercy Street”-Inspired: The Alexandria Back Story
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Ongoing exhibit
717 Queen St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Alexandria Library’s Special Collections played an integral role in providing historically accurate research and information to the creators of PBS’ “Mercy Street.” Today, visitors can view these rare, one-of-a-kind articles, ads and other materials illustrating the particular challenges of living in Alexandria during the Civil War in a special exhibit at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library in Old Town.

Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier Exhibit
Fort Ward Museum
Ongoing exhibit
4301 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304

Fort Ward Museum has an ongoing exhibit that features original medical instruments and equipment from the Civil War period and information on Union Army hospital sites in Alexandria.

Alexandria’s Nurses & Hospitals During the Civil War
The Lyceum—Alexandria’s History Museum
Ongoing exhibit
201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Lyceum mounts an exhibit on the life of Clarissa Jones, a nurse at The Lyceum hospital during the Civil War. It will bring home to visitors the true story of an actual nurse in Alexandria during the war, drawing parallels with characters portrayed in the PBS drama “Mercy Street.” It will include references to the experiences of other Alexandria nurses at that time, such as Anne Reading, who actually worked in the Mansion House Hospital, and Jane Woolsey, who served at the Fairfax Seminary Hospital.

Mercy Street Uncovered: Archaeology in Alexandria
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Ongoing exhibit
105 N. Union St., Studio #327, Alexandria, VA 22314

Exhibits include dioramas and period objects found during excavations, including a musket that was still cocked and loaded. For families, “meet” a Civil War drummer boy and try to decode a letter from a Southern spy.


Speak, Sister: Alexandrian Women’s Songs and Stories of the Civil War
March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $20

Local actors will read from diaries and letters of women who lived in Alexandria during the Civil War, and award-winning bluegrass band Dead Men’s Hollow will play songs of the Civil War.

Beyond the Call of Duty: Roles and Responsibilities of Civil War Nurses Lecture
Co-sponsored by Carlyle House and The Lyceum
March 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $10; reservation required

Join Chris Foard MSN, RN (The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing) for an in depth lecture on the diverse practices of male and female Civil War nurses. Discussion includes an important but largely neglected aspect of Civil War nursing—roles and responsibilities of nurses in relation to current practices of today. Lecture is based on historical analysis from letters, documents, books and diaries from The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing. This event is co-sponsored by Carlyle House Historic Park (NOVA Parks) and The Lyceum (Office of Historic Alexandria) and will take place at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street. Reservations are recommended. To order tickets, visit:https://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/464.

Civil War Medicine Living History
April 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rain date: April 30
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
Admission: Free

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site will sponsor a Civil War medical living history program presented by Civil War medical historian and interpreter Von Barron, who portrays U.S. Army Regimental Surgeon Captain Turner Kitt in a field hospital setting that features a variety of medical tools and equipment of the era.

Civil War Ball
April 30, 2016 from 8-11 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $45 in advance; reservations required

Enjoy an evening from the 1860s in the historic ballroom at the Civil War Ball. The ball will include live music, dance instruction and period desserts. Period attire, either civilian or military, is encouraged. Dance classes for the ball will be held January 7, 14 and 21 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series.

Spies & Scones – A Special “History Mystery” Tea
May 21, 2016
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $50

Alexandria was filled with spies and during the Civil War. Enjoy a Victorian tea, learn about real life secret agents like Frank Stringfellow (portrayed in the PBS drama “Mercy Street,” then put your own powers of detection to the test to discover the spy in the room!

Surgeons & Citizens, Spirits & Soldiers
October 8, 2016
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $10

Explore how Americans dealt with the tragedy of the Civil War in this living history program. Visit a soldier facing his own death in a hospital. See a casket displayed in proper Victorian style, surrounded by the grieving family and friends of a lost loved one. Listen as a spiritualist tries to sell her services to those in need of hope and closure.



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