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Address: 125 S. Second St, Danville, KY 40422
Phone Number: 859-236-2804
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Description: McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are...
McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked. Dr. McDowell is known for performing the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor.
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Interesting for history buffs.

This was a nice surprise. I was the only person there and I had a quick tour. I actually learned something. The apothecary is very interesting and made me grateful for modern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This was a nice surprise. I was the only person there and I had a quick tour. I actually learned something. The apothecary is very interesting and made me grateful for modern medicine. Guide was friendly. Garden was lovely.

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Danville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

An innovative pioneer and surgeon, rhe story of Dr McDowell and patient Jane Todd Crawford comes alive here. One can truly sense the era and the time in medicine when these two brave souls embarked to endure the first abdominal surgery in the United States. Which was the braver of the two? Jane Todd Crawford who trusted God and this... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This was a great little house museum, with an amazing story and man connected to it. Great tour by the staff and wonderful gardens.

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Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very interesting and unusual way to spend an afternoon. House and guide were great. Learned a lot and had a great time.

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A very fascinating tour of the home where the first successful abdominal surgery (without anesthesia, I might add) was performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell. The prayer he wrote and kept in his pocket during the surgery was amazing--"...Direct me, Oh! God, in performing this operation, for I am but an instrument in Thy hands, and am but Thy servant, and... More 

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I grew up in Harrodsburg, but never toured much of it or the surrounding cities. I went with my family and visited Constitution Square first and then went to the Ephraim House at 1:00. We had a coupon from the visitors' center, so go visit there first to get a dollar off adult ticket coupon. The tour guide, Laura, was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The McDowell House Museum and Apothecary Shop is more than a beautiful historical home. I believe it to be one of Kentucky's hidden gems. In this very house Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first successful abdominal surgery. My tour guide was very knowledgable and provided interesting facts about the home and explained what went on during this experimental surgery.... More 

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The McDowell House Museum is where Dr. Ephraim McDowell performed the world's first successful ovarian cyst removal in 1809. The house is filled with many original McDowell family pieces and other historic artifacts. The well stocked apothecary shop was the highlight of our visit. Our guide was wonderful and very informative.

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The McDowell House Museum is one of the most important part of Danville history, and sadly, most people who have lived in this town their whole lives haven't even heard of it! The home is beautifully decorated in furniture of the time period, and the gardens are full of native Kentucky flowers and plants that grew in Dr. McDowell's time.... More 

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London, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

My beau reluctantly took me to Danville to visit Constitution Square, and as an added bonus, the McDowell House. We both really enjoyed the tour of the museum. I had some knowledge of Ephraim McDowell prior to the tour and walked away with a lot more! I wish I had gotten our tour guide's name, because she was so friendly... More 

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