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“Great exhibits, super tour”

Country Doctor Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Bailey
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Stop at this neat little museum and see what people used to do to get well! You'll be grateful for modern medicine but you'll also learn about time-tested remedies and get a view of how tough our great-grandparents were.

The museum has everything from old herbal apothecary jars, surgical instruments, and a doctor's horse-drawn buggy and old turn-of-the-century Ford for making house calls. There are exhibits aplenty, very well presented, and the tour guides are so friendly and well-informed.

Nice little spot if you are interested in country life, medical history, and folk life.

There's a medicinal herb garden in the back that overlooks a beautiful farm field with a view of the woods beyond. A very special spot full of Eastern North Carolina charm.

The museum is also a beautiful and well-preserved example of a turn-of the-century frame house -- great for those interested in historic preservation.

5  Thank B K
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Interesting , especially for those in health care field. Fun to see what the instruments were like in the "old days" and the old methods used. It is small and it is a 45 minute talk and demonstration.
I wouldn't drive miles out of the way, but certainly is convenient stop off 95.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Founded in 1967, this museum is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. dedicated to sharing the stories, challenges, and triumphs of health care in rural America. In addition to three rooms of historical artifacts and information, there is also a carriage house with antique buggies and cars, an iron lung, a medicinal herb garden, and a small gift shop. Tours are small and personal, and are conducted approximately hourly (check schedule before going) by a well informed tour guide. Admission is currently $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for those over 55, $3.00 for students. The museum is located in the very small town of Bailey, NC, just a few minutes south of U.S. 264.

8  Thank JMinNC
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Interesting museum divided between two small buildings in the quiet little town of Bailey. This museum is now owned by a university, so staff is informed and helpful. Check hours before you go. Every spring there is an open house with lots of activities. Worth checking out for a side trip sometime. Bailey has a Hardees and small diner for lunch. It's located 15 minutes west of Wilson and 30 minutes east of Raleigh.

4  Thank traveler49463
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

The museum is small and you can only go through it on a tour. The guide works hard, but there isn't that much there of interest. If you went through without a guide, you would spend five minutes there and leave. The guided tour takes an hour, which is at least 30 minutes too hard. We had a better time at the Frontier Drugstore Museum in Guthrie Oklahoma.

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