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Goolrick's Pharmacy

Fredericksburg, VA
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Type: Other, Shopping
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: An old-fashioned drug store, said to be the oldest in America.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had lunch here before starting our tour of historic Fredericksburg. It is an actual drugstore lunch counter, something that used to be common. We had a sandwich and a fountain drink, including a vanilla Coke made with fountain syrup. It was all delicious and no more expensive than some fast-food place out on the highway. Highly recommended.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A great place for nostalgia and a bit of ice cream. Definitely stop in if you are touring Fredericksburg.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I visited this landmark this summer with my two teenage children. I wanted them to have a feel for a lunch counter atmosphere. We all had ice cream desserts sundaes. The sundaes were large in size and made to order. Staff was nice, friendly, and able to give the history of the Pharmacy which dates back to shortly after the... More

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Fredericksburg, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This place is one of the 'Must Go To' places in the 'Burg. It's in the middle of wonderful Caroline Street, great place for shops, people watching, and running into friends. The food at this landmark pharmacy is very good, but it's the experience of being there, and sitting at the lunch counter, that make it great. Do yourself a... More

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charlottesville, va
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Goolrick's is perennial. Wonderful old soda fountain with simple sandwiches and milkshakes. This is where the locals eat. Tourists who are lucky enough to stumble in are pleased to find lunch so reasonably priced.

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Dumfries, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Such a fun place to stop while touring/shopping old town Fredericksburg Nostalgia great soda fountain drinks and historical burgers.

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Front Royal, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

If your tired of shopping, I stop in to an original true drug store and soda fountain and limited lunch items. Sodas and Milkshakes are great considering they use very pedestrian Hersheys Ice Cream but is still worth the trip if your in "Old Town" on Caroline St.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Old school just like the pharmacy in my hometown. Had the chocolate milkshake and it was great. Just like my parents got when they were young. The table next to us had hot fudge sundaes and they looked so good. Must try that next time.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
80 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

If you are over 50 & remember the US the way drugstores & soda bars used to be, you will love this place- it's straight out of the 1950's maybe even earlier & hasn't been renovated since then- it is a time capsule. My husband had a milkshake & it was superb- exactly what a milkshake used to be &... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

We had a light lunch at Goolricks and it was fine. Good food and service. Would definately try it again.

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