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Goolrick's Pharmacy

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Address: Fredericksburg, VA
Phone Number: 5403733411
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An old-fashioned drug store, said to be the oldest in America.

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Step back in time

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hallamander
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

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Pittsburgh PA
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150 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Thank JDA60
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank cemurmer
Burke, Virginia
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Thank Marcie81
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank r0bape
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Milkshakes and sandwiches served from a vintage soda fountain make this place a "must" stop. Relax in the cool of a 50's scene and eat a BLT or egg salad sandwich made fresh in front of your eyes. And, don't miss the great shakes!

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Thank catherinew270
New Providence, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Stopped here for lunch, the milkshake took me back to my childhood. The staff was friendly, lunch was good. A real treat.

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Thank Diane W
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Located in downtown F-burg, this a very popular lunch joint. Rated as having best shakes in the burg .Lots of homemade sandwiches and sides .made fresh daily. Great waitresses. The GO-TO place for fabulous food!

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Thank Margaret H
Falls Church, Virginia
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62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Having lunch at the counter really felt like traveling back in time. I had a delicious ham salad sandwich and a cherry ice cream float. Prices are low and the service is fast.

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