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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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Pittsburgh PA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Apothecary Shop was one of our favorite tours. They greet you in time period clothing and talk to you as if you are a customer. They show you a variety of herbal items and explain how they were used, mixed with other items for what ails your. They do pass around some of the bottles etc..for you to see... More

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Okemos, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We bought the day pass for many of the fredricksberg historical sites and this was our first stop. It was totally worth the time. There were 2 ladies in period correct dress in a character of those who worked for Dr. Mercer. They lead us through everything there from all his drugs, what their use was then(in many cases their... More

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Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was great way to waste some time. Very interesting history. I learned things had not known.Children loved the tour. I enjoyed.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There are two sides to this visit with two ladies who know their subject and express that knowledge with a very dry sense of humour. The first dealt with various remedies for all sorts of ills, most of which you probably would not want to try today. The second dealt with more profound treatments, the leeches were very entertaining. For... More

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Monroe, CT
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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57 helpful votes 57 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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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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