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Civil War Sesquicentennial
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Tuscan Villa

500-502 Wolfe Street

Tuscan Villa

Image 1: Although a 1911 volume labeled this as the Friend's Meeting-House, the image depicts the Tuscan Villa (left) and the Wolfe Street General Hospital.

Tuscan Villa (NARA, cropped)

Image 2: Tuscan Villa, by Matthew Brady. (Image cropped). National Archives and Records Administration.

Wolfe Tuscan Quaker Contrabands Birds Eye

Image 3: Tuscan Villa and neighboring hospitals, located on a section of Birdseye View of Alexandria, Va.

Tuscan Villa Today

The site of Tuscan Villa Hospital today, at 500-502 Wolfe St.

Civil War Hospitals Map: Tuscan Villa 



This large private residence was confiscated for use as a branch of the Wolfe Street Hospital, which was the 1st Division General Hospital. 

The Tuscan Villa had been built in the Italianate style that became popular in the U.S. in the earlier part of the 1800s. Although the 1911 Photographic History of the Civil War labels this building as the Friends’ Meeting House, the photograph appears to show the Tuscan Villa, with the Wolfe Street General Hospital (still standing) to its right. The Friends Meeting House Hospital, a block away at 600 Wolfe St. was also associated with Wolfe Street Hospital.  


Historic Images

Image 1:

  • Title: Friends’ Meeting-House, Capacity 100 (note, image is misidentified)
  • Image Source: The Photographic History of the Civil War in Ten Volumes. Francis Trevelyan Miller, Editor in Chief, Volume Seven, Prisons and Hospitals. New York, The Review of Reviews Co., 1911, p. 234.
  • Image Date: 1861-1865.
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Rights Advisory: Out of Copyright

Image 2:

  • Title: Tuscan Villa
  • Image Source: U.S. National Archives 
  • Photographer: Matthew Brady 
  • Image Date: ca. 1860-1865 
  • Medium: photograph 
  • U.S. National Archives Identifier: 529326 
  • Local Identifier: 111-B-5222. Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, (Record Group 111) 
  • National Archives Rights Advisory: Unrestricted. 

Image 3:

Quartermaster Map

No Quartermaster map available.

Location and the Site Today

The Tuscan Villa Hospital was located at 500-502 Wolfe Street. Townhouses now occupy the site.


Office of Historic Alexandria 

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