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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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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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Be Glad You Live Today

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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cincinnati, ohio
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cincinnati, ohio
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124 reviews 124 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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England
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
50 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Our group didn't have much time, so we passed on the 20-minute guided tour. Very small house, so don't need much time if you don't take the tour. The highlight for the kids was the bottle of large leeches!

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Stafford, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Small shop that provides great insight into former medical practices and treatments. Pleasant personnel, nominal fee, interesting look into pre-modern medicine.

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Sayreville, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The two women dressed in colonial garb and speaking as if the year was 1776 were really informative, with a bit of humor, too. One room had the herbs and old fashioned medicines, which you were allowed to smell if you wanted to. The woman related things to modern times, but still stayed in character; when I told her I... More 

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