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HUGH MERCER APOTHECARY SHOP                      540-373-3362
1020 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA  22401

DIRECTIONS: Follow signs to Visitor Center.  The staff at Visitor Center provides maps and directions.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  This 18th-century building restored as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop presents a vivid living history interpretation of Colonial medical practices. Leeches, lancets, and snakeroot are all found in this 18th century doctor's office and pharmacy. Visitors can hear about the popular treatment of the day for a lady's hysteria or a medicine so potent that it would, according to one wealthy plantation owner "cheer a man with a bad wife."

PARKING:  1 wheelchair accessible parking space.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Sidewalk, and brick paths with uneven surface which may require assistance for persons in wheelchairs.

ENTRANCE:  Located in front of building.  3 exterior steps, each 6 in. in height.  Handrails on right.  Entry doors, 43 in. wide, easily open in with knob handle located 26 in. above floor.

For guests with hearing disabilities, there are written scripts.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are hands-on exhibits such as herbs, apothecary and medical tools, and documents in large print on non-glossy surface.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Admission fee. Hours: March-Oct Mon-Sat 9-4, Sun 12-4; Nov-Feb Mon-Sat 11-4, Sunday 12-4. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, 31 and January 1.



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