Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop photo
Ann Cameron Siegal
A museum that doubles as one of the nation's oldest pharmacies has exhibitions on pill- and potion-making.
Sun-Mon 1-5 pm
Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Sun 1-4 pm
(Old Town Alexandria)
King Street (Blue and Yellow lines)
$5, $3 ages 5-12; free for children under 5

Editorial Review

George Washington and James Monroe were early patrons of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, as was Martha Washington, Nelly Custis and Robert E. Lee. The oldest in the nation, the apothecary shop opened for business in 1792 and survived the War of 1812, the 1821 yellow fever epidemic, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. The Great Depression forced the shop to close in 1933; it reopened as a museum in 1939 and has more than 8,000 objects on display.

-- April Umminger (Friday, Feb. 5, 2010)