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Just off Old Town Alexandria’s modern, bustling shopping district on King Street, visitors will find a retail space where time stands still. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, a fixture in the city since 1792, now serves as a pharmacological time capsule — a bottle-by-bottle look at how early Americans cured what ailed them. Now run by the City of Alexandria, the apothecary’s collection is both fascinating and frightening. From wooden bins of dragon’s blood and opium to blood-letting “scarificators,” the pharmacy’s collection traces medicine’s progress over 150 years. Kojo explores the concoctions and collections of this hidden gem, and learns more about its famous early clients.
- Lauren Gleason Site Manager, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA.
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