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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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Address: 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: 540 373 3362
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description: This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of...
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.
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This is a must-do in the Fredericksburg area--not something I've seen elsewhere. It's cheap and doesn't take a huge time commitment--an hour, max. And, it's very interesting for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a must-do in the Fredericksburg area--not something I've seen elsewhere. It's cheap and doesn't take a huge time commitment--an hour, max. And, it's very interesting for all ages. When you walk in, you are greeted as a patient of Dr. Mercer--and informed by the nurse wench that he's currently out. She then will discuss the ways and means... More 

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Leesburg, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Opened at 9. We arrived at 9:30 and guide would not give us tour since she was waiting for a group that was already 20 min late. Nor would she allow us to wait inside. Returned at 11:30 and were told we could not join tour. Not welcoming guides.

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Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

[My wife and I just returned home from leading a group of 50 seniors from our church on a four-day, charter bus outing to the Elkins, WV area. This was one of many places we visited during our trip and the review is oriented to our experience travelling by bus as a large group.] This Civil War era historic apothecary... More 

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cincinnati, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Hugh Mercer's life story is a tale of adventure like few others - doctor, rebel, soldier, rebel a second time, and patriot dying from bayonet wounds just before the Battle of Princeton which he precipitated. To fully appreciate the man and his shop, you need to read the Wikipedia entry about him. The shop is at the north end of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Costumed guides give you a tour of Dr. Mercer's apothecary and surgery in Fredericksburg, Va. The tour is only $5- even less if you have taken the trolley tour- and it provides an eye-opening view of the world of colonial medicine. First, you are taken on a tour of remedies the doctor likes to prescribe. Whether it's too much saliva,... More 

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mechanicsburg pa.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were fascinated with the different herbs and things that were used to help people back in that time period, also the instruments they used to "bleed " people. gross but interesting!!!!! Worth a visit.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was the best tour in Fredericksburg. The tour guides were dressed in period costumes and spoke in character the entire time. They were excellent and presented a lot of interesting information. I give credit to the one tour guide who put a leech on her hand while telling us about medical treatments done by Hugh Mercer.

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Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

we were welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff....we were told about different medicinals that were used and shown how they extracted teeth and some other remedies that were used in this period of time...there are also a couple of other rooms where you can do some reading on it.....very informative...would go back...there is a small fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The two costumed guides who introduced us to the delights of medical practice from this bygone age were an absolute delight, informative and entertaining. The jar of live leeches was was worth the entry fee alone!!! The enema pump and dental instruments could easily bring tears to the eyes, if only because of the very descriptive explanation of their use.... More 

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Dulles, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My cousin and her teen daughter and I walked into Hugh Mercer Apothecary and wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was a real pharmacy, maybe natural items for sale...no, it was a tour and for the $5 per adult and $2 Student rate, it was very entertaining. A middle-aged woman and twenty-some young man were in costume, speaking... More 

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Additional Information about Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Address: Address: 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: 540 373 3362
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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