Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family business founded in 1792 and operated in this location from 1796 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.
- The British are coming…Again! It is time to prepare for this British invasion and learn more about the effects of War of 1812 throughout the region during the Muster the Militia Open House on Saturday, July 26. The Apothecary Museum will be open for free tours from 1- 5 p.m.
- Join us on Thursday, July 31 as we celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday. Explore the real world science behind J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world from 5 - 9 p.m. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended for this popular event! The Museum will be closing at 4 p.m. this day in preparation. The last tour of the day will be at 3:45 p.m.
- Visit the Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.
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