Fascinating place! We were told by our tour guide, this apothecary was operating from the time of George Washington (they have an original order on display from Martha Washington.) until the time of the Great Depression, when the business failed. At that time, the townspeople, realizing what a treasure that could be soon lost forever, purchased the contents of this business, left it all there, entirely intact and it eventually became a museum. All bottles, boxes and bins still contain the original potions, herbs, extracts, etc, that were there the day that museum closed. Then, around 2006, the museum made some structural improvements to the stairs and floor, to allow tourgoers to see the 2nd floor dark, unpainted 'lab' room, which is filled with 100's more bins and drawers, they even one's labeled skunk cabbage and Queen Anne's lace. Our tour guide answered all our questions about individual items. Our 15 year old daughters enjoyed it as well. It is small and the tour lasts a strict 25 minutes, but it is a rare, delightful peek into history and was the highlight of our trip. I believe that the admission was $5. each, but we bought the Alexandria's Key to the City for $10 each and it also included a few really good historic sights, like the Carlyle House and Gatsby's Tavern Museum which we also really enjoyed.
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