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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

1020 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3814
+1 540-373-3362
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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. Visitors can hear about the popular treatment of the day for a lady's hysteria or a medicine so potent that it would, according to one wealthy plantation owner "cheer a man with a bad wife." The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop is one of Washington Heritage Museums and is within short walking distance of its other sites: the Mary Washington House, Rising Sun Tavern, and St. James' House. March 1-Oct. 31: Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. November 1-February 28: Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31. Please allow 45 minutes for your visit
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1020 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3814
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+1 540-373-3362
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"medical practices"
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"doctor's office"
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"guide explains"
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"kids will love"
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"natural remedies"
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"an interesting place to visit"
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"tour guides were very informative"
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"health care"
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"living history"
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"explained how"
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"small building"
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"period dress"
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"worthwhile stop"
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"nice job"
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"small fee"
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"civil war era"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Emily S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed June 8, 2018

A good thing was that it opened at 9 am, earlier than the other living history museums. One lady had a large array of jars containing Colonial cures. She explained their contents and uses, some of which were quite vile, and passed the jars around...More

1  Thank Celia G
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

Was a neat place and we enjoyed it but it is very small and a short visit. If you are nearby though, it is worth the stop.

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Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

We were excited to see and tour the 3 places but found it being costly $7 per person for each one. Sending the day in DC and touring around without spending an dime was hard to put $126 for all of us to enjoy the...More

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Hugh_Mercer_Apotheca, Front Office Manager at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2018

We are always looking for ways to improve. Please call our office at 540-373-5630 to discuss your experience. Thank you, Washington Heritage Museums

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Reviewed May 30, 2018

the staff are younger people dressed in period costume and take their job a little too seriously, we were shushed several times and chastised for all manner of minor infraction, we had small kids with us and we got the distinct impression they were not...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2018

If you don’t make time to visit anything else inFredericksburg, Va, GO TO THIS SITE. It’s downtown and one of the stops on the sightseeing trolley. A 15 minute walk from the visitors center. This little authentic civil war era house has something for everyone...More

1  Thank uesidegirl
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

Living history well portrayed on the day we visited. The two "performers" who took us throught the history of the venue and the tratements that would have been on offer, were full of information and when quesioned on a topic did not return t the...More

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