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“Really cool stuff”

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
Ranked #6 of 88 things to do in Alexandria
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Owner description: The Apothecary served local customers, including the Washingtons and Robert E. Lee, between 1792 and 1933. The shop was transformed into a museum shortly after its closing and visitors can still view the original ingredients, products, and documents left behind by this 141-year-old family business.
Alexandria, VA
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Really cool stuff”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

Fascinating little museum, perfectly preserved. Educational but also cool to look at old containers, filing systems, etc.

Visited February 2012
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Slidell, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“What a Suprize”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Who would have thought this little museum would have such a great story to tell. Seems this Apothecary was in service from colonial days to 1939 when the owners went bankrupt.
A community group bought it and made it a museum.. Three floors of antiquities including a letter from Martha Washington requesting medicines to be delivered to Mt. Vernon. Four dollar entry fee, about 1 hour.

Visited November 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Alexandria va”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

Building not that impressive but if you are touring Alexandria walk by it as it is just off King ST.

Visited October 2011
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Edmonton, Canada
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great individualized tours”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

This is a smaller museum and the tours that it offers are guided and occur at set times throughout the day. You cannot just walk up and get a tour, they run at specific times (every hour it seems?) and the doors are locked when the tour is on.

The museum is very original/authentic. When the pharmacy shut down and it's contents auctioned off it was almost all purchased by the same individual for the museum so it has the original jars, fixtures, tools, etc. It is nice to see things the way they were without reproductions to cover off what is missing.

As the tour does not cover a wide range of subject matter some people may find it a little dry, however I found the material it covered was interesting. It showed how the pharmacy ran and also some of the businesses that it dealt in that you wouldn't expect (such as them tinting paint).

There are no interactive exhibits, it is strictly visual. Pictures are allowed.

With the guided tour the groups can be small which allows it to be quite intimate and you can focus on areas that interest you the most.

It is definitely a nice museum in Alexandria and very focused on their topic.

Visited September 2011
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Mason, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed September 28, 2011

The proprietors of this property locked the door and walked away...so the contents of this apothecary are as they were "back in the day" (Robert E Lee was a customer). It is a VERY interesting place to visit. (mention you have a AAA card, and there is a discount) My husband and I were the only ones on the "tour" and our docent provided great information, answered our questions well and gave us additional time to browse on our own. This place is FASCINATING and well worth the price of admission!

Visited September 2011
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