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“Such wonderful history!”

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
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Historical Horse and Carriage Tour of Fredricksburg Virginia
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 23, 2009

I have visited the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop many times over the past 27years since my first visit in 1982. It is full of rich history, the historic guides are generally quite knowledgable about not only the history of Dr/General Hugh Mercer but of the history of Fredericksburg also. I have been to historic Williamsburg and it didn't hold a candle to Fredericksburg - most notably the Apothecary Shop. Looking forward to a visit soon as it has been a few years since my last.

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Reviewed July 16, 2009

On our two days in Fredericksburg, we stopped in this little museum of a recreated 18th C pharmacy and dr's office in an 18th C building. There were two ladies dressed in 18th C style dress. One gave a talk on the herbs and plants used to treat illnesses and discomforts and actually got to see and smell some of these concoctions that were used to treat people from the pharmacy counter. Then we were led into another room which was a treatment room for more intense treatments such as the old practice of bleeding people with leeches. The lady re-enactor actually had a jar full of water with leeches in it and showed us various crude (by todays standards) surgical and dental instruments and she gave an interesting talk on the general health of people from that time period. I highly recommend stopping in here for an hour and visiting the world of 18th C medicine and treatments. $5.00 admission. Located in the old historic district so is close walking distance to other attractions, museums, shops and restaurants.

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