Fodor's Expert Review Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Fredericksburg Museum/Gallery

Offering a close-up view of 18th- and 19th-century medical instruments and procedures, the apothecary was established in 1761, and demonstrates the work of Dr. Mercer, a Scotsman who served as a brigadier general of the Continental Army (he was killed at the Battle of Princeton). Dr. Mercer may have been more careful than other Colonial physicians, but his methods might still make you cringe. A costumed hostess explicitly describes amputations and cataract operations before the discovery of anesthetics. You can also hear about therapeutic bleeding, see the gruesome devices used in Colonial dentistry, and watch a demonstration of leeching.


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1020 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401, United States


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Rate Includes: $5, Mar.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9–4, Sun. 12–4; Nov.–Feb., Mon.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4

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