Enjoy the beautiful historic setting of Carlyle House's Magnolia Terrace for an elegant summer's day tea. History buffs, tea lovers and fans of the PBS series, "Mercy Street" will be welcomed with true southern hospitality at this Civil War themed tea, worthy of the finest patrons of the Mansion House Hotel. Reservations are required and this event will take place on the tented terrace, rain or shine. The first seating is at 12:00 p.m. and the second seating is at 2:30 p.m. Cost: Fee is $40 per person.
This event is inspired by the real life history of the Mansion House Hotel and the PBS television series, “Mercy Street,” which premiered last winter. The period drama highlights the extraordinary stories of the people who lived in, visited and were stationed in Alexandria during the Civil War. “Mercy Street” is the first American-based production in over a decade and highlights a cast of many talented actors. Inspired by events and people who worked and were treated at the Mansion House Hospital (located at the site of present day Carlyle House), this timeless drama has been compared to a Civil War version of “ER.” Carlyle House currently has an exhibit on display entitled “’Who These Wounded Are:’ The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital.”
Carlyle House is located at 121 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, Carlyle House Historic Park is a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Carlyle House is accessible by riding the FREE Trolley running every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro Station, and is centrally located near several parking garages. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 703-549-2997 or visit www.novaparks.com.