Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Fredericksburg

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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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  • The docents were excellent and it was interesting to learn of the natural remedies that were used for various ailments. In an adjacent room, visitors learn about bleeding with leeches (they have... 
    The docents were excellent and it was interesting to learn of the natural remedies that were used for various ailments. In an adjacent room, visitors learn about bleeding with leeches (they have...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Very interesting history. Small original store/office of Dr Mercer mid 18th century. Interpreters offer a short guided tour of the establishment. Family friendly.
  • Excellent affordable quick stop for some history of medicine in the 1700s! The interpreters were enthusiastic and created an experience as if you were checking in to see the doctor yourself. Definitely recommend stopping in.

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