Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family business founded in 1792 and operated in this location from 1805 until 1933. It represents one of Alexandria's oldest continuously run businesses that combined retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing. The museum boasts a remarkable collection of herbal botanicals, handblown glass, and medical equipment, much still in its original location. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in these documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee.
Since 2006 when the museum was donated to the City of Alexandria, the museum continues to evolve as new research is uncovered and the museum expands its understanding and interpretation of the medical and business history captured by this site.
Due to the Real World Science Behind Harry Potter tours on Friday, July 31, the last regular museum tour on that day will begin at 1:45 p.m.
The Apothecary Museum has reopened after renovation. Come see the results! The historic first-floor retail space has been repainted based on paint analysis, returning the room to its ca. 1900 appearance.
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