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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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Address: 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: +1 540.373.3362
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of Washington...

This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of Washington family friend, Dr. Hugh Mercer. A native of Scotland, Mercer served in the French and Indian War before moving to Fredericksburg. He soon married, established an apothecary, and provided medical treatment for local citizens, including Mary Washington. A Brigadier General in the Revolution, the good doctor was at the Crossing of the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton. Upon learning that his friend had died from wounds suffered in the Battle of Princeton, a saddened George Washington called him "the brave and worthy Hugh Mercer."Captivating visitors of all ages, our guides use herbal remedies, crab claws, lancets, and live leeches to tell the stories of colonial medicine. Vivid descriptions of surgical practices are also provided.

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Fascinating glimpse into the world of "medicine" in George Washington's time.

We had a fantastic tour by two talented guides who stayed in character for the duration of the tour. They were both knowledgeable and entertaining. And the price was right! With... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Remington, Virginia
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Remington, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic tour by two talented guides who stayed in character for the duration of the tour. They were both knowledgeable and entertaining. And the price was right! With our AAA membership, the tour was only $4.

Thank mareboss
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was very interesting. The guides did a good job of explaining how people 200+ years ago had to deal with their medical concerns.

Thank mom22militarymen
Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far the best interpretation of a medical practice-apothecary I have encountered. The docents who did the presentation were excellent, able to engage children and adults. Both informative and entertaining. Very convenient location in downtown Fredericksburg. Full program takes approx. 45 min - 1 hour.

Thank WhiteCatWriting
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mercer was a friend of George Washington and a Revolutionary War soldier, killed at the Battle of Princeton.. this apothecary shop has a lot to see, frequently visited by school groups and pharmacists. A beloved F-burg. citizen!!! . Excellent docents with many years of experience.

Thank Margaret H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How it really used to be! This is what it was like to go to the doctor back in our earlier years. We have come a long way baby but still need to reflect back to know just how far we have come.

Thank Patty R
Fairfax, VA, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Take the tour. Interpreters are very well trained and amusing in their presentation of late eighteenth-century medical practices. You'll learn a lot and have fun.

Thank Susan V
Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Great little place the woman that work there are funny. They put on a good tour. Very knowledgeable. One of the best little tours been on

Thank matjaz2002
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We walked in thinking we might be able to look around and decide if we wanted to go on a tour. I walked up to the table directly inside the door and the guide stopped me saying "sorry that's part of the paid tour". So basically unless you plan to buy tickets, don't even bother stopping by because they will... More 

Thank Lacey L
Wenonah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Exceptional tour guide. Tons of information about the use of the Apothecary in the 18th Century, including medical, dental and emotional. Very interesting. Would definitely visit again.

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Dunlap, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is a historical house dating back to George Washington's days. The tools the doctor used, the use of herbs and teas and the old medical treatments (leeches included) were explained by his "assistants." We enjoyed this tour and learned a lot.

Thank lesliemc

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