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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

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Address: 105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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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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Nice museum

We had the standard 30 minute tour of this small museum. Interesting and worth the visit. Wouldn't make a special trip for it, but it is in the old town area where they are lots... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

We had the standard 30 minute tour of this small museum. Interesting and worth the visit. Wouldn't make a special trip for it, but it is in the old town area where they are lots of restaurants and shops--so we don't have to feel like we just eat and shop, we did something cultural!

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Woodstock, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was such a fun and interesting place to tour. Learning about the natural remedies used hundreds of years ago was pretty fascinating. The tour guides were incredibly well informed about the building's history which was great. The original letter from Martha Washington requesting medication to be sent to Mount Vernon was pretty intriguing as well.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

What a wonderful walk back in time! As a pharmacist, I truly enjoyed going back to the pharmacognesy time of my schooling. My nursing friends enjoyed it, too. Very nice staff and informative guide

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is one of the best, most interesting little museums in town. The history of the building and its preservation is fascinating, and it's only $5. Well worth your time!

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Kenmore, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Interesting and fascinating ! If you are a chemistry buff, you'll get a kick out of this tour. So rich in history.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The tour is lovely! They teach you so much about the history of pharmacy, absolutely fascinating! I highly recommend this tour. You really get an up close and personal view, photography is allowed! I can't say enough nice things about this hidden gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very interesting and all original. It has all of the original medicine jars and some still have medicine in them. It is just a few bucks to take the tour and is less than a half hour. The tour guide is very informative. Different and enjoyable.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great museum in the heart of Old-Town. This apothecary served the likes of George & Martha Washington, Robert E. Lee, and everyone in between. The tour guides are very well versed in the history of the Apothecary, as well as the function of the herbs & extracts, The guided tour is $4 and takes about 30-40 minutes. The guides encourage... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Still has the chair that George Washington used to sit in while the pharmacist was making his pills and potions on his day trips from Mt. Vernon.. Interesting display of period tinctures and remedies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Visited with my mother- what a hidden treasure! Preserved from the turn of the 20th century, the architectural features are gorgeous. You can see the ledger of transactions from notable customers like Robert E Lee and George Washington. Upstairs where the paint was mixed is a mini Harry Potter-like potions room. The tour was in depth and very interesting. Though... More 

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