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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop


Washington Heritage Museums

(540) 373-3362


Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

1020 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg VA


This restored building portrays the colonial medical practice of Washington family friend, Dr. Hugh Mercer.  A native of Scotland, Mercer served in the French and Indian War before moving to Fredericksburg.  He soon married, established an apothecary and provided medical treatment for local citizens including Mary Washington. 
Captivating visitors of all ages, our guides use herbal remedies, crab claws, lancets and live leeches to tell the stories of colonial medicine.  Vivid descriptions of surgical practices are also provided