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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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This 18th-century building restored as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of Colonial medical practices. Leeches, lancets, and snakeroot are all found in this 18th century doctor's office and pharmacy...more
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1020 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3814
+1 540-373-3362
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The rein-actors do a fantastic job of describing the medicines of the day. They let you smell them as they explain their uses. Very informative! Regular Price $7 for adults. & $3 for ages 6-18 GO TO THE VISITORS CENTER & BUY THE TIMELESS TICKET...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My adult family toured this shop as a part of the Fredericksburg multi-place ticket we bought. We found this very interesting as our family has all had some or a lot of medical training. Hearing about the historical uses of herbs, medicines, leaches, and medical...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ks0kie
Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

The Apothecary Shop was a stop we chose to make and tour on our 24 hour ticket. It’s located in historic downtown Fredericksburg. To see what was used to treat illness and the procedures taken when serious injuries occurred was shocking. A must see!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 13, 2019

The two ladies here were in character as if Hugh Mercer would be back at any time to attend to his Colonial-era patients. About a 45-minute tour and filled with information.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Learned so much about George’s mum. She refused to remarry so she could keep control of her properties! The house was originally very small, but the addition is well integrated into the story of the first house. While only a teapot (specifically named in her...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank riterchick
Reviewed April 7, 2019

The Apothecary Shop has quite a charm to it. Once inside, the hosts are in character and tell the story as if you've stepped back in time. The apprentice tells about the ailments and aids of the time. One difficult with that part is it...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

We were 4 adults on a walking tour and the docent in character as Dr. Mercer's assistant was very good (nice young man). Small museum, interesting.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jackiepaddy
Reviewed March 13, 2019

We had a terrific short tour of the original drug store which served apothecary's at this time. Tour was very good by different people. You could tell that they loved their work

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Preston F
Reviewed January 29, 2019

Fun tour of this interesting property. The guide stayed n character and provided lots of information.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sunnyjunket1
Reviewed January 27, 2019

I took this tour as a part of a package that you can purchase at the visitors center on Caroline Street. Knowledgeable, friendly guides and an atmosphere where you are not rushed. The guides take on the character of someone from that era, so it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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