Shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and medicinal equipment speak to the role of medicine in early Alexandria.
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.
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