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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #10 of 38 attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum... more » Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum shortly after its closing and visitors can still view the original ingredients, products, and documents left behind by this 141-year-old family business. « less
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Alexandria, VA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a very interesting place to visit. It goes back to the Civil War and you will be amazed at what they prepared there. Everything from paint to meds - another place not to miss

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Authentic pharmacy with beautiful old gold leaf bottles. Excellent tour guide with lots of historical information. Second floor is a must see. It is interesting to see how medication was stored, prepared and maintained. Highly recommend!

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French Lick, In
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I work for a small family owned pharmacy so I found this little treasure very interesting. Our tour guide did a wonderful job of explaining everything and it was amazing all the original items that were saved.....what a gem.

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ESVA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It is hard to believe that the owners just shut and locked the doors back in the great depression. This is not just a neighborhood drugstore. It also was a Pharmaceutical factory for its time and even a paint manufacturer. Three floors of items just as they had been. This is a must see stop.

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pa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Wasn't sure about this tour but it was well worth the small donation they ask for. Just like they say it is all original....

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Ashburn, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was amazing! You felt as if you were transported back in time to when the apothecary was the place where people would go to get their ailments treated. The docent was very informative about the apothecary. The fact that the original bottles, boxes, and medicines were in their original places was amazing! Preserved for all to see... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The docent was excellent and we were the only two on the tour. All the time we wanted and all the questions answered. The only thing I disliked was having to leave.

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Chino, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

A friend recommended visiting this museum and we are glad we did. We have been to Old Town before but never ventured off King Street too often, shame on us. The old time apothecary dates back to the late 1790's and is preserved just as it was when the owners had to abandon the store in 1933 due to hard... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This place was really quite fascinating... a time capsule, made possible by citizens of Alexandria many years ago, who wanted to preserve this old-timey apothecary in the exact same state when they closed the doors in the 20's. This was the pre-eminent apothecary of its time, providing medicine for the Washingtons, Robert E. Lee, etc. Who knew? If you're in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This museum was one of those places where it is so much cooler and interesting than you thought it would be. As with so many places in Old Town Alexandria, the history of this museum is amazing but the artifacts inside are even more amazing. All the medicine, herbs, roots, etc. are originally from the museum. There is even a... More

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