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McDowell House Museum

125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801
+1 859-236-2804
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Very Interesting and Personal

First of all, Danville is a charming town and it's well worth your time. I do a lot of historic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MaryLeita
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Gainesville, FL
Very interesting!

Loved this, we almost passed on it as you have to ring a bell to have someone come to the door to... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Unwind2
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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.
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125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801
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+1 859-236-2804
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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.

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Reviewed December 5, 2016

I had out of town guests that I wanted to expose to Danville, Ky. We visited McDowell House Museum and really enjoyed learning about the history of the first successful surgery. I am a pharmacist so I also enjoyed visiting the Apothecary attached next to...More

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Reviewed June 23, 2016

The McDowell House is a beautiful historic home with a great story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. This is a guided tour so you can ask questions. Easy to walk through. Tour includes the house, gardens and doctor's office. I would highly recommend this tour!

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