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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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Address: 1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3814
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+1 540-373-3362
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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
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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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Very interesting and informative

We visited on a cold weekend day. There were still several other people on the tour. The two tour guides were very informative and seemed to enjoy their jobs. The leaches were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Michael S
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Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a cold weekend day. There were still several other people on the tour. The two tour guides were very informative and seemed to enjoy their jobs. The leaches were an unexpected plus.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The remedies of the day were kind of creepy, but the interpreters did a nice job. Basically two rooms and info on herbal (and other) medicines of the day.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

JMJ Great place to hear about health care back then. This was for those who could afford it or could make there way to an apothecary shop (drug store). A time period dressed couple provide a mesmerizing re-enactment of what you'd be prescribed to cure your ails. It was well worth the fee!

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1 Thank mother15
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

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.

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Porterville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

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 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

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 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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