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The McDowell House portrays the early times of frontier Kentucky. Very interesting exhibits within... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2018
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Very interesting place!

First of all, our tour guide Shelby was amazing! Very knowledgeable and interesting!!! A must stop... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2018
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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.
125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801
+1 859-236-2804
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

The McDowell House portrays the early times of frontier Kentucky. Very interesting exhibits within the house are explained. Give it an hour - you will enjoy it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

First of all, our tour guide Shelby was amazing! Very knowledgeable and interesting!!! A must stop and see tour!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Loved this, we almost passed on it as you have to ring a bell to have someone come to the door to let you in and we were timid about this but the tour is very interesting and well worth your time.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Unwind2
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Very interesting story of the doctor and his patient. Nice house and apothecary with all the medicines.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Bob B
Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank jgbtravels
Reviewed May 22, 2017

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

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank ManderManna
Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank jmoosey
Reviewed April 2, 2017

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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank froghop96
Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2016
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