116 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
In October 1862, an abolitionist named Julia Wilbur traveled south from Rochester, NY, to Alexandria. She spent most of the next 3 years here, witnessing many of the pivotal moments of the war.
How did a single woman manage to get here? What did she do once she arrived? And how do we know?
As part of Virginia Archaeology Month, Paula Whitacre tells the story of Julia Wilbur through her diaries, letters, and other writings and photos. Paula has transcribed and annotated one set of Julia Wilbur’s diaries and is coordinating a project to make more of her writing available to the public.