PBS’ Mercy Street Series burst on to the scene last year and took TV viewers by surprise. Many expected it to be the same, Civil War pabulum they had seen show up on the small screen time and time again. However, the smartly written storyline proved to be anything but. It also inspired a series of special events and renewed interest in Alexandria based activities, including private boat charters.
During the Civil War Era, private boat charters were pretty much confined to supply operations. They weren’t seen as the entertaining, river cruises as they are now. But, that hasn’t stopped fans of Mercy Street from enjoying them during their visits of our historic city. Many choose to meet on King Street first, which is home to the Alexandria Visitor’s Center.
The visitor’s center has information on guided tours that take Mercy Street fans to significant spots throughout Old Towne and beyond. Afterward, they make the short drive or walk to the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Old Towne waterfront where they catch a ride about the Potomac Belle. And yes, she’s real southern lady. So, she’s reluctant to show her real age.
The Potomac Belle is kept in immaculate condition, much like the historic landmarks that dot the river’s shoreline and churn the creative juices of series writers. As such, many passengers mistake her for a brand, new vessel. But rest assured, our lady has her share of stories to tell. The only difference is they date back to the late 90s not the 1800s, when belles wore hoop skirts and lace.
Mercy Street fans headed to Old Towne in March 2017 should book their private boat charters now, to coincide with the city’s scheduled events. To learn more about those Mercy Street events and how private boat charters may fit into visitors’ plans, please contact us today.