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McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked. Dr. McDowell is known for performing the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor.
First of all, Danville is a charming town and it's well worth your time.
I do a lot of historic house tours; I do a lot of museums. I dearly love both. And McDowell House is a cut above, believe me.
There is a level...More
Ephraim McDowell was a remarkable doctor for his time. No one had ever performed the type of surgery he did in pioneer days. Imagine removing a 22 pound tumor during the early 1800s. Now imagine the patient lived until the age of 78. Then again,...More
Ephraim McDowell's home has been preserved to show where he performed the first abdominal surgery to remove a 20 pound tumor from Mary Todd Crawford. His apothecary is attached and has been restored to look as it would have when he was practicing medicine. Nice...More
Guided tour. The guide was delightful! She was an amazing story teller that was able to captivate two young boys. Beautiful home, rich with history. Mc Dowell house is conveniently located next to Constitution Square. We visited both places in a morning.
The docent we had obviously really cared about the house and the story of the doctor who lived there. He is famous for performing the first surgery on a woman with an ovarian tumor at that house. The tour takes about an hour though it...More
This was a nice place. Our guide seemed to be new at the job though. She never even told us about the surgery that we read about online and in the book. She was very nice and answered a lot of questions, she just didn't...More