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“Fascinating! 100's of years of history left in place & untouched”

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
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Civil War History Walking Tour of Alexandria
Ranked #6 of 92 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 28, 2014

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.

Thank Robin F
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a very interesting place to visit. It goes back to the Civil War and you will be amazed at what they prepared there. Everything from paint to meds - another place not to miss

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Authentic pharmacy with beautiful old gold leaf bottles. Excellent tour guide with lots of historical information. Second floor is a must see. It is interesting to see how medication was stored, prepared and maintained. Highly recommend!

Thank Sandra L
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

I work for a small family owned pharmacy so I found this little treasure very interesting. Our tour guide did a wonderful job of explaining everything and it was amazing all the original items that were saved.....what a gem.

Thank dino2mom
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

It is hard to believe that the owners just shut and locked the doors back in the great depression. This is not just a neighborhood drugstore. It also was a Pharmaceutical factory for its time and even a paint manufacturer. Three floors of items just as they had been. This is a must see stop.

Thank Limulus49
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