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Goolrick's Pharmacy

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Address: Fredericksburg, VA
Phone Number: 5403733411

An old-fashioned drug store, said to be the oldest in America.

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Scrumptious chocolate ice cream sodas

Lived in Fredericksburg for 17 years - always went to Goolrick's. Has not changed. Classic old fashioned soda fountain

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Larry G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lived in Fredericksburg for 17 years - always went to Goolrick's. Has not changed. Classic old fashioned soda fountain

Thank Larry G
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you enter this store you are not sure that you can have breakfast here. Because the sign says Pharmacy. The first part of the store is where you can get ice cream, apple pie and other food. The back end is the Pharmacy. We ordered the breakfast special which consists of two eggs, two pieces ig bacon and 4... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place one should go to relive the era of the soda jerks and neighborhood drug store. The only thing missing was the comic book rack near the front. We went for Ice Cream and were not disappointed. All the people in the store were friendly, the ice cream delicious and service exceptional. The prices for regular food... More 

1 Thank dbaizel
Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to go here because it came highly recommended by my trolley guide, not to mention it is a great piece of history. I had a sandwich and a shake. Everything tasted great and if I am ever back, I will try the vanilla shake (I had the chocolate one this visit).

Thank BlackSheep773
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Goolrick's is as nostalgic as it gets. A real old time pharmacy with a great lunch counter. The hand scooped shakes and malts are not to be missed.

Thank Hallamander
Pittsburgh PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

I knew that Goolrick's was a historic land mark in Fredericksburg. When we were there 2 years ago we did not get a chance to check it out. It was a very hot humid stretch during this visit. We went in to get a cold drink and just take it in for a bit. Just a piece of yesteryear. Our... More 

Thank KAG39
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

It's interesting to sit at a soda fountain but the service is slow, and some of the items pricey. The food is average at best.

Thank JDA60
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Great shakes!!! Icr cream counter seating and table seating, sandwiches , a treat for kids as food is good and a very cool place from the past.

Thank cemurmer
Burke, Virginia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

On our recent trip we stopped here for lunch. It is like eating in a small scale dinner. We had the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches and my husband also had a grilled cheese. All tasted great. We need to go back to try a milkshake!

Thank Marcie81
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

They used to advertise it as "Goolrick's MODERN Pharmacy," but actually, it is an old-fashioned drug store (still has an operating pharmacy), with a soda fountain. You can get a nice lunch here.

Thank r0bape

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