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“good tour” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 S. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
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Ranked #5 of 70 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum shortly after its closing and visitors can still view the original ingredients, products, and documents left behind by this 141-year-old family business.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“good tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

this was an interesting tour and guide was very knowledgeable, and answered all the kids questions happily!

Visited February 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Worth seeing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Being a pharmacist, I may be a bit biased but I thought this was a really cool museum. It looks like they locked the door in 1880 and never returned. It was cool to see all the different things they used back in early days of pharmacy; old bottles, pill makers, etc. There's even a bin that once held cannabis. Who knew?! If you think meds today have safety concerns, there were some pretty hairy things concocted back in those days!
Of note, there's a letter from Mrs. George Washington (I believe) asking for a bottle of their best castor oil and the bill. I think it was ten or twenty bucks for two of us but worth the historical trip and to contribute to the cause.

Visited January 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Small two story museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Nothing too spectacular here: it is a narrow shop with an upper floor storage space/business office that has been restored to its 18th century appearance, and has a few interesting artifacts. A fun place to see if you are a history buff, or you have run out of other things to do in downtown Alexandria. Look for Martha Washington's letter upstairs in the office.

Visited August 2012
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United States
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163 reviews 163 reviews
81 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

really in original condition, a real gem to view amd see how it used to be

Visited June 2012
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Arlington, Tennessee
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Long lasting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This museum is very well preserved and so very interesting. You can see in the front window, but there is so much more so worth the visit.

Visited June 2012
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