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Entrance to the Apothecary Museum


Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

In 1792, a Edward Stabler, a young Quaker pharmacist, opened his business on Fairfax Street, which operated continuously until 1933. The Apothecary withstood the turmoil of the War of 1812, the 1821 Yellow Fever Epidemic, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War of 1898, and World War I. It was the center of daily life in Alexandria, and among its famous customers were George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop is now a museum, and its rich collection includes over 8,000 objects such as pill rollers, mortars and pestles, drug mills, and glassware as well as journals, letters, and day books. Original furnishings with patent medicines, potions and herbs still remain in place.

Additional information about the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is available at its Web site.

See: #17 on the Area Map.

No nearby Metro station.

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