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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #3 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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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This little museum is just awesome. All you need is an hour but it is a very well spent hour listening about the history of the shop and browsing through all medicinal bottles and curious things.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This small apothecary shop in Old Town Alexandria is an interesting glimpse into the past. On a short tour, you are shown what a drugstore looked like hundreds of years ago. Many of the original bottles are still on the shelves, giving visitors an excellent idea of what types of "medicines" people used to take to (hopefully) cure their maladies.... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wow...what a great little slice of history! We really enjoyed the museum and the tour was very informative. The cost is only $5 and there is an ecoupon on their website for $1 off. If you're visiting Old Town Alexandria, this is a quick must-see attraction!

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chesapeake, va
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This was worth the stop and the tour.This is an Important piece of history preserved for us. The tourguide was very knowledgable and for a moment you could imagine being a customer in the store a over a hundred years ago.

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Buffalo, New York
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193 reviews 193 reviews
57 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is an unexpectedly amazing step back in time. Retail floor is interesting circa 1850 but the real treat is the hidden work area and storage on second floor. It is a unique step back in history. Very special

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Alexandria, VA
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481 reviews 481 reviews
231 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a unique museum that traces is lineage to 1792 when a young pharmacist emigrated from England to open shop in Alexandria. A partnership between the Stabler and Leadbeater families assured the continuation of the shop through expansion into production and wholesaling of drugs as well as creation of paints. It survived the Civil War and lasted into the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Tucked away in Alexandria, Virginia, is this fascinating museum. Take the guided tour given by a knowledgeable and friendly volunteer and walk the squeaky wooden floors to check out the glass cases and shelves filled with bottles and instruments.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was wonderful to step back into untouched history. Wonderful surprises as you look around. Wish they had a small book on the history of it.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Fascinating place! We were told by our tour guide, this apothecary was operating from the time of George Washington (they have an original order on display from Martha Washington.) until the time of the Great Depression, when the business failed. At that time, the townspeople, realizing what a treasure that could be soon lost forever, purchased the contents of this... More

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Alexandria, VA
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9 reviews 9 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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