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This 18th-century building restored as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of Colonial medical practices. Leeches, lancets, and snakeroot are all found in this 18th century doctor's office and pharmacy...more
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We took our trip to Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop as part of our homeschooling adventures. My husband, my 11 year old, my 5 year old, and I walked into the building to check it out. As we were paying for our tickets, in the main...More
When our kids were younger, we always made it a point to visit the Apothecary when we were in Fredericksburg. The stories of 18th Century dentistry, amputations, and seeing real live leeches made history interesting to our 3 young boys. (Although we've been to scores...More
Although the front of the shop is interesting, with the abundance of 18th century medicines, the back room is far more so. Don’t miss the leeches! Such a fascinating glimpse of 18th century medical practice.
It is definitely the place to visit! The apothecary goes back to 1744 and you are able (and imagine) to feel what was it to be ill and suffering at the time when doctors believed in 4 humorous theory or tried to help with extracting...More
We decided to stop here and see the shop. It is a delightful place with lots of medicines. On the tour, you are told what these medicines were used for and what they equate to in today's medicine. Very interesting and fun. The docents were...More
I was skeptical when I saw this little building that seemed too small to hold much interest, but I was really impressed and interested in all there was to see and learn. Mercer, the doctor who had practiced there was an interesting character in himself...More
I grew up in Fredericksburg and visited the apothecary shop quite a few times. This time I was able to bring my husband and daughter along, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned new things this time--including that Hugh Mercer was a Jacobite and...More
Although this is a tiny house, there's a lot of great info inside. The ladies truly enjoy sharing their knowledge and did a great job interacting with the public. Lots of info on herbal preparations, and in fact 75% are still in use today! With...More
I will never forget my visit to see the Hugh Mercer Apothecary shop. We visited on a weekday morning,early, and were surprised that this rather small building required a one-hour tour. We learned about all the herbs, medicines and treatments that were available at the...More