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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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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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So enjoyable

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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virginia
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112 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We saw 4 places on a Timeless Pass from the Visitors Center, and this one is excellent. Plenty to entertain the kids. Excellent interpreter. Live leeches! Lots of medical tools! Fun visit.

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Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I am a Fredericksburg resident who always insists my visitors take in the apothecary shop tour if they have time. Visitors of all ages enjoy learning how a "drug store" in George Washington's day operated, guided by costumed interpreters who are very entertaining. The show and tell with live leeches is especially fascinating to children. It is a small building... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The two members of staff on duty gave us a fascinating insight into dealing with health issues in the 1700s. The leeches were amazing along with the primitive ways of amputation - how things have progressed! Well worth a visit.

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Perth, Australia
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Loved this special piece of history. The guides were dressed in period dress and were so passionate and authentic- it was truly a special experience. You must visit! Best recommendation I can give is to visit the visitors centre and get a day pass and you can visit as many of these places as you like for only $16!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

You enter the shop and are greeted from some hundred years back. The doctor's out but his assistant give you all advice on ointments etc available at the time. Done in a highly entertaining way you get to think of how much has happened in the medical field. Oh, and they had fresh Swedish leaches. Very entertaining and fun

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