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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540 373 3362
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Shops, Historic Sites
Owner description: This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of Washington family friend, Dr. Hugh Mercer. A native of Scotland, Mercer served in... more » Owner description: This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of Washington family friend, Dr. Hugh Mercer. A native of Scotland, Mercer served in the French and Indian War before moving to Fredericksburg. He soon married, established an apothecary, and provided medical treatment for local citizens, including Mary Washington. A Brigadier General in the Revolution, the good doctor was at the Crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton. Upon learning that his friend had died from wounds suffered in the Battle of Princeton, a saddened George Washington called him "the brave and worthy Hugh Mercer."Captivating visitors of all ages, our guides use herbal remedies, crab claws, lancets, and live leeches to tell the stories of colonial medicine. Vivid descriptions of surgical practices are also provided. « less
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Monroe, CT
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Interesting to hear about historical medical practices and what plants and other items were used for treatments. Worth a visit, only takes about 30 minutes. $5 admission for adults, $4 with AAA discount. They didn't mention it to us while we were inside, but there is a garden behind the building with numerous plants, all identified by name and a... More

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Tigard, Oregon
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32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This visit and tour provide an interesting look into the life of a physician as well as a pharmacy. A docent in costume explains not only what studies a doctor had to go through to earn his degree, but what he had to do to treat his patients. The docent demonstrated some of the common instruments a doctor would use,... More

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour at the Apothecary. It was amazing to here about the history of Fredericksburg, and to learn about the herbs that were used for healing ailments. I could have done without the leech exhibit, it was not for me. All in all this is definitely a place you should visit.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The people here are in character and explain about the medical beliefs and practices of the time. They have HUGE leeches as well. Also, you learn about Hugh Mercer--the warrior, doctor, traveler and friend of George Washington. $5 entry, but worth the time and money!

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Clever, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We meandered all day up Caroline St. looking for the Apothecary shop and a few other places of interest. We took the last trolley tour of the day and planned to do the Apothecary but it closes at 4pm and there is a $5 adult admission fee. We missed it by an hour, so we peeked around the outside of... More

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Lake Ridge, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very well informed guides and a great tour. Learn all about 18th century medicine and Hugh Mercer, who fought in the French & Indian War and was killed in the Revolutionary War. A must visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

They only accept cash! $5/adults $2/children There are no bathrooms. There are only three rooms to tour on the main level. Two of them are guided. The third is not. There are a few small rooms upstairs on the second level. They are self guided as well. It's quite a short tour. The guides are costumed. There is no gift... More

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Lancaster, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I took two 13-year old boys to Hugh Mercer's Apothecary Shop while my wife did some shopping. The two young people working the shop were quite knowledgeable and very comfortable talking to people, and were very enthusiastic about their subjects. It was almost two mini-tours, with the apothecary shop and all various herbs and cures (some quite entertaining) and then... More

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Chesapeake, VA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This tour quides in the apothecary shop and doctor's office will talk to you just as if you are back in the Revolutionary time. The doctor's office even had live leeches in fish bowls! Very informative tour!

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Timonium, MD
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Part of the Washington Heritage Museums, the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop tour was an eye-opening experience learning about the cures, medicines and treatments of the colonial era, leeches and all. The tour guides were excellent!

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