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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703-746-3852
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Description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and...
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.
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Before there was a drugstore on every corner

This is a unique historical treasure. They provide a great history lesson on how our ancestors sought to get and maintain good health with natural remedies. I have never seen a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a unique historical treasure. They provide a great history lesson on how our ancestors sought to get and maintain good health with natural remedies. I have never seen a better historical apothecary.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This was my absolute favourite discovery in Old Town Alexandria. I was charmed by the beautiful care and preservation of old apothecary bottles and products; the old wood floors and trap doors; and the second floor 'magical potion room.' ;)

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Such a fascinating place to visit & take the tour. There is a huge mount of inventory to see & hear about after learning of the families Stabler & Leadbeater. George & Martha Washington & Robert E Lee frequented this Apothecary. A worthwhile visit in this historic town that adds to the story of early life.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This apothecary is just as the owners left it when they closed the doors in 1933 and it is fascinating! The docents are full of interesting information about the time when the business was in operation and clearly enjoy what they do as they share the information with visitors. Not only is the store available to tour, but the upstairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

if you can believe it this house was abandoned for over 50 years and so is in almost original condition...what a find!! do stop by for a trip in history.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you like seeing old apothecary bottles, scales, and such displayed as they would be in an apothecary shop, then this is a great place. It doesn't take long to see everything.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The last owners of the Stable-Leadbeater Apothecary closed the door and left behind a treasure--a look into the health care long past. Martha Washington and other famous patrons relied on the apothecary for medicines and other products. There are bins full of old remedies upstairs--(wonder what they used the dragon's blood for). The docents were knowlagable and helpful in interpreting... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a real Apothecary Museum in that I learned so much in the hour or so that I spent inside. It helps with your knowledge base.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Hard to believe just how much history there is in this small museum that only requires a brief stretch of time to enjoy. The apothecary is wonderfully laid out, and the docents are very well informed. For a few dollars, it is a great value.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A friend and I stopped into the Old Apothecary Museum in Old Town. The staff was knowledgeable and informative. The staff of this small museum were eager to answer our questions and make the experience come alive for adults, teens, and elementary school students. A coupon book is available for touring historic sights in Old Town. I have visited several... More 

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