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Wonders of Science Demonstrations at Apothecary Museum

Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science

Demonstration by Project EnlightenmentThis spring, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, is hosting two days of special tours and demonstrations exploring 18th -century natural and medical science.

On Saturday, March 26, and Saturday, April 9, visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how they were used – and if they worked!  On these dates, Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th-century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s.

These hour-long tours are an exciting way to explore the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, a family-run business in Old Town Alexandria for more than a hundred years. Tours will be held every 30 minutes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and are recommended for 3rd grade and older. Admission is $6 per person.  Advance reservations recommended as space is limited and can be made by calling 703.746.3852.

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.

For more information, please visit www.apothecarymuseum.org.

Historic Alexandria Administration
Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4554
Fax: 703.838.6451
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