The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was established in 1939 after the bankruptcy of the family business The Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary. The museum is located at the original site of the family business at 105-107 S. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria. The family business was founded in 1792 by Edward Stabler who operated at the location until 1933 when competition and new regulations forced the company into bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy the Landmarks Society of Alexandria acquired the property and turned it into a museum for the preservation of the items which were used during the business.
The Museum provides a guided tour due to the fragility of some items. On a visit to the Museum the first floor of the shop was lined with antique bottles with hand blown glass bottles of Mount Vernon Cologne. Medicine bottles from the 1860’s was also seen with some bottles containing Buffalo Spring Water with a natural lithium. The Museum also features many ingredients that was used during the Apothecary operations with company documents showing purchases from Robert E Lee and Martha Washington. Besides medicines the Museum also displays medical equipment , farm and garden equipment, soap, perfume, cigars and other useful items.
I visited the Museum Shop where I saw a wide array of gift and merchandise associated with apothecary for sale. There were also products such as private label tea, holiday ornaments, items for children and a wide selection of medicine related books on sale at the shop.
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