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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540 373 3362
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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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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Fascinating facts about the practice of medicine when leeches were used to bleed out ill humours. We enjoyed hearing about the cures and medical practices from another time.

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Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have visited historical places before with Apothecary Shops. Nothing compared to the history lesson received by our tour guides. They went into great detail regarding Hugh Mercer and his shop and also the history revolving around him and the shop. This is a must see place if you are in the area. Great place for kids to learn the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Loved the dramatization of the doctors practices and life. The docents or staff are terrific and not bored with their jobs. Very informative and entertaining. Well worth the stop. Actually if you do the I95 trip frequently like we do spend a night in the historic part of Fredericksburg and take at least half a day to explore their many... More

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Charlottesville, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Small but incredibly interesting. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable. Our group included visitors of all ages and we all captivated. Great place to visit for the whole family.

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Louisa, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in here on Hugh Mercers birthday anniversary . There are historically costumed actors who greet you and one was giving a demonstration/performance of period medical procedures. We only caught the tail end of it but it was interesting. There's not a lot to see in the shop, but I did enjoy seeing the display of bottles of various... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Apothecary Quick Tips: 1. Right at the end of the main street shopping district; look for the colonial flag displayed outside during its operating hours 2. Free, 2 hour limit, street parking available 3. Hours: check the website as hours change with the season 4. $5 per adult; AAA membership gets you $1 off 5. Currently, costumed and ‘in character’... More

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Kingston, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

This shop offers a fascinating look at medicinal applications and medical practices in the Colonial era. Some are still in use today or are the basis for modern treatment, others are almost unbelievable. Very interesting.

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ringwood hampshire uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had a great experience here. The guides were in costume and well informed. They were friendly and the experience was very well priced. Recommended

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Vermont
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

A guide in colonial costume explains a variety of medical treatments available in the 1700's and some which are still in use today, like valerian root.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

There are many historical sites in Fredericksburg, and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary is certainly one. The staff, authentically dressed, are very informative and do an excellent job of describing treatments for various ailments in the 1700s.

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