When apothecaries were popular in the early 20th century, patients often went directly there at the first sign of symptoms. They’d describe their illness to the apothecary (which is also the word used to describe the individual who mixed the medicines at an apothecary) and receive treatment directly. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary pays homage to these early pharmacists and their impact on the Alexandria community.
Learn more about the Stablers and the Leadbeaters as you explore the former apothecary, now a museum. It contains artifacts that will help you delve deeper into local history, from prescription and formula books to ledgers and orders from real patients dating back more than a hundred years. You’ll also get to see some of the medical equipment that was used at the time, including hand-blown glass containers—a far cry from the orange plastic prescription bottles of today. And you’ll get to learn more about the herbs and botanicals that were commonly used in medical practice at a time when modern medicines were still decades away from being invented or discovered.