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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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This 18th-century building restored as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of Colonial medical practices. Leeches, lancets, and snakeroot are all found in this 18th century doctor's office and pharmacy...more
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1020 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3814
+1 540-373-3362
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All reviews medical practices doctor's office fascinating glimpse colonial times kids will love natural remedies an interesting place to visit period costumed entire visit explained how living history medical care small exhibit small house main room very interesting museum worthwhile stop
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The young gentleman that greeted is was excellent at explaining all the bottles of so called medicines and cures in the first room of the apothecary. Once he was finished a humorous lady greeted us in the next room to explain all the tools that...More

Thank vacritter2000
Reviewed 1 November 2018

We stopped in for a tour, and enjoyed the experience. The tour is very short, with a quick intro to some of the herbs and remedies used, and then to another room where they explain how surgical procedures were handled. The entire visit was less...More

Thank CajunWineaux
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Very interesting. Guides were quite knowledgeable. Can get a bit pricey for all the tours but I recommend them all.

Thank captmom
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We took our trip to Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop as part of our homeschooling adventures. My husband, my 11 year old, my 5 year old, and I walked into the building to check it out. As we were paying for our tickets, in the main...More

Thank Jessica L
Reviewed 18 September 2018

When our kids were younger, we always made it a point to visit the Apothecary when we were in Fredericksburg. The stories of 18th Century dentistry, amputations, and seeing real live leeches made history interesting to our 3 young boys. (Although we've been to scores...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Although the front of the shop is interesting, with the abundance of 18th century medicines, the back room is far more so. Don’t miss the leeches! Such a fascinating glimpse of 18th century medical practice.

Thank sewkap
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Historical and interesting. How the people dealt with illness in Colonial times. They even have leeches!

Thank Judy R
Reviewed 3 August 2018

It is definitely the place to visit! The apothecary goes back to 1744 and you are able (and imagine) to feel what was it to be ill and suffering at the time when doctors believed in 4 humorous theory or tried to help with extracting...More

Thank Magdalena7301
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We decided to stop here and see the shop. It is a delightful place with lots of medicines. On the tour, you are told what these medicines were used for and what they equate to in today's medicine. Very interesting and fun. The docents were...More

Thank Bonnie5901
Reviewed 12 July 2018

I was skeptical when I saw this little building that seemed too small to hold much interest, but I was really impressed and interested in all there was to see and learn. Mercer, the doctor who had practiced there was an interesting character in himself...More

Thank Jjjjam
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