Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum Becomes Newest National Historic Landmark
Historic Alexandria is honored to announce the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum has been selected as a new National Historic Landmark. Revealed on January 13, 2021, the Secretary of the Interior designated 21 new and 2 updated National Historic Landmarks. These 23 historic sites illustrate important aspects of American history and represent a diverse array of historic periods, cultural groups, property types, and archeological sites from across the nation. The museum was nominated for its contributions to fields of business and science, within the theme of developing the American economy. As noted in the nomination, “The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop is nationally significant in the history of pharmacy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly the evolution of drug stores and the changing role of pharmacists.” According to Director of Historic Alexandria Gretchen Bulova, “This National Historic Landmark designation reflects the Stabler-Leadbeater’s Apothecary’s place in the history of medicine in the United States. We are honored to receive this special recognition for the Apothecary Museum on behalf of the historic preservation efforts of Alexandria residents since the 1930s to preserve this important site.”
Besides the Apothecary, one additional site in Virginia was designated - the Patsy Cline House in Winchester, VA. Also selected this year include the Surf Ballroom in Iowa where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson gave their last performances before the "day the music died" as well as the Grant Cottage in New York where former president Ulysses S. Grant completed his final memoirs and passed away in 1885.
About the National Park Service (NPS)
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. National Historic Landmarks hold national significance and is a program of NPS. Today, there are almost 2,600 NHLs in the United States.