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Address: 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: +1 540-373-3362
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 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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My wife, being a nurse, wanted to check this place out. On our trolley tour earlier in the day, the guide talked about Mr. Mercer and his shop. After the tour, we headed over... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Porterville, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take our kids through the Apothecary. Its a fine shop and the tour is pleasant. My biggest issue was that it was completely overpriced for what you get. Most of the "house" is off limits and the herb garden is overgrown and poorly maintained. The tour itself is pretty short and your standard "old apothecary shop" jargon.

Thank Scott V
Porterville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, being a nurse, wanted to check this place out. On our trolley tour earlier in the day, the guide talked about Mr. Mercer and his shop. After the tour, we headed over the see inside. The staff inside are dressed in period costume and give the tour as if they are still in the 1700's. If you are... More 

Thank DGriz
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will see and smell different remedies they used in colonial times, the guides are in traditional dress and very informative. There is an upstairs, you do not have to go up the steps but they are very steep and narrow with a very bowed floor at the top. This is extremely cool and We loved it! The stairs are... More 

Thank TrippEagles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This was a fun step back in time. The guides are in character for the entire visit which caught my kids off guard. Very educational in a fun way. And yes the leeches were a hit!

Thank 8146kp
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

I enjoyed the presentations at the Apothecary but was just a smidge disappointed that this was not the actual site of Hugh Mercer's shop. We spent quite a bit of time in the herb garden as well.

Thank historynut
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Checked out the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop since it was listed as something to see in the Fredericksburg Visitor pamphlet. The attendants were dressed in costume and treated you as though you were a patient. In the "waiting room" it was explained how the Dr. made his own prescriptions by mixing different herbs, etc. In the treatment room it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

We didn't even know this was here. We just walked by the first day and the second day we had to go in. The tour is worth the small amount paid for it. You get to see what was used back then for different things. There was also how common ailments were treated. Staff did a great job!

Thank Lily B
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Hugh Mercer was a very interesting man, and was certainly more than meets the eye. The two guides were knowledgeable and entertaining, and I am sure even history aficionados would learn a few things they didn't know before. The shop is well laid out to aid your imagination as you step into the past.

Thank SilverRoseUK
Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

This museum will not be the same unless you take the tour provided by the guides. The guides explain everything and do so as if they were living in the 1700s. They are very well-informed and make this a great experience. They will even leave out the gory details if the audience does not want to hear them (nothing gory... More 

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the 45 minute presentation and self-guided tour and thought the $5 adult ticket price was a bargain. I learned much more about techniques and remedies given and used during colonial times compared to what I had learned when visiting the Apothecary Shop in historic Williamsburg. Two presenters, dressed to represent colonial times, gave engaging and fact-filled presentations about... More 

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