Apothecary Museum Reopens after Restoration

Stabler leadbetter ApothecaryThe Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, located at 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Alexandria, VA reopens Sunday, February 1 after being closed for two months of repairs and restoration. Projects included plaster repairs and repainting of the historic retail space on the first floor. The repainting is based on a paint analysis, returning the room to its circa 1900 appearance when the watershed Food and Drug Act was passed, forever changing the American pharmaceutical industry.
In order to better preserve the historic space and collection, the Apothecary Museum will also be instituting a new tour capacity policy, capping regular walk-in tours at 10 people. Visitors can guarantee a space in a tour by calling the Museum at 703.746.3852 to purchase tickets in advance. Beginning late March tickets will also be available online.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town Alexandria is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, and apothecary bottles and equipment. 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.