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Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
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Ranked #5 of 39 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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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 NEW

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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185 reviews 185 reviews
56 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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203 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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22 reviews 22 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Tucson, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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