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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
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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This tour was one of the best, they fit into the time and played the part very well while giving a bunch of history. Before you go to any site in downtown Fredricksburg go to... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2016
Shorty G
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Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

This tour was one of the best, they fit into the time and played the part very well while giving a bunch of history. Before you go to any site in downtown Fredricksburg go to the visitor center they have a great day pass that is well worth the money.

Thank Shorty G
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

Very informative tour. This is a very small house and there is a lot of noise when people come in, so it is sometimes hard to hear the tour guide.

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Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

Whe visiting from Holland we had a lot of of fun at the apothacary. The guide-ladies knew their medicines and offered to cure us with leasures, arsenic, and mercury. We recommend every one to visit the apothacary when you are in Frederiksburg.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2016

We always like to find unique things to experience in every place we visit that’s not your ‘usual’ tourist attraction. This is certainly one of those special experiences! Not only is it highly entertaining but it is so educational! We learned a lot and it also took me back to my grandmother’s various home remedies using some of the same... More 

Thank The_Concierge_8
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 14, 2015

I read a lot of historical fiction and a fair amount of medical history and I got to see all the cures that I've only read about. It was great. The woman doing the tour was excellent. The only things I regret are: #1 Not paying more ( I got in free because they let military in free and my... More 

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Hugh_Mercer_Apotheca, Manager at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and wonderful review! The leeches will be waiting for your return visit! More 

Sicklerville, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2015

We decided to stop in the Apothecary, glad we did. The old building is cool in itself. Our tour guide was a young man, he did a very nice job of explaining the cures and procedures of the day (1700's), with a humorous twist. We smelled several of the herbs used in the day. The room upstairs was interesting to... More 

Thank Peg S
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed October 25, 2015

Step into this authentic apothecary. The floors are uneven, and all originalto the apothecary. A history lesson comes alive as an interpreter in period dress welcomes you. You are introduced to the cures used in the mid 18th century colonies. You are invited smell various medicinal remedies and learn how they were administered. Then you pass into the actual doctor's... More 

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a great little find in downtown Fredericksburg. Costumed interpreters talk about the 1770s and the use of medicines, surgery, and leeches. They usually have live leeches there for you to see (my kids LOVE this part). There is a small upstairs that has a men's "powder room" (for wigs) that must be accessed by foot (wheels won't work)... More 

Thank Chris W
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a unique little tour that has a little something for everyone. The main room has a vast array of remedies used by the people of that time; the docent vivedly describes all of them in great detail. The room adjacent is where operating procedures were preformed; the guide explains the techniques of the day and how leeches were... More 

Thank JFK49
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Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

This was so much fun! The docents were in 1700s character but not in s cheesy way. After hearing about the medical remedies during the 1700s, one has to wonder how humanity survived! This is a great place for adults and can be engaging for children. The children on our tour were having a ball.

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