Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Fredericksburg

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Visit the Apothecary Shop for a first person interpretation of medical practices in colonial times. Learn about herbs that were used for various ailments and stroll in the herb garden after your tour. The guides present a very vivid description of surgical practices also...and don't forget to see the leeches! Dr. Mercer practiced medicine for 15 years in Fredericksburg. He left his practice to join the Revolutionary Army and died as a Brigadier General at the Battle of Princeton.
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  • Seeing and learning about leeches, getting to smell many of the "meds" of that day and so much more made this a great visit. Our docent Susan was wonderful and kept our 10 & 12 year old grandkids...  more »
  • Admission included with the Day Pass. The staff are in period costume and happily explaining the methods and ingredients used in the Colonial version of medicine with purging pills, laudanum...  more »
  • Those two ladies were funny, entertaining, and insightful. Definately keep up the good work. If I lived closer, I would definitely be back to listen to them again. I can't say enough how thoroughly I enjoyed it.
  • An interesting place to learn about medicine and treatment of the ill and sick in the old days. I love how the staff dress up and become one with their roles. They have a good knowledge and if it's not busy will take the time to explain things in detail. They were also happy to chat about what to do in the area and suggested a lot of things I could do and which places I could get a nice meal from.

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