The Costumes of Mercy Street

I’m so sad that PBS cancelled Mercy Street!

The medical drama was set in Civil War Alexandria and just completed its second season. This month, Alexandria’s history museum, the Lyceum, opened an exhibit of the show’s costumes, on view through September 1.

The blue dress was worn by Mary Phinney, a widowed nurse; the green by Emma Green, whose wealthy confederate family owned the Mansion House Hotel (which was converted into a hospital during the war); and the pink by her sister Alice Green. In the show, Alice becomes a Confederate spy, but the real Alice Green died before the war. The doctor’s uniform was worn by Dr. Foster, played by How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor.

If you have Amazon Prime, Mercy Street is available to stream for free. I’m considering subscribing just so I can re-watch the past two seasons.


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