Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum Open from 1792 to 1933, this family-run drug store became a museum in 1933, preserving many of the original objects, furniture, and even ingredients.
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The museum occupies two early 19th century buildings in Old Town Alexandria. The buildings were the site of the Stabler and Leadbeater Apothecary business throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The interior of the 107 building has been left just as it was when the store closed in 1933, from the furnishings to the 1850s decor to the 1930s contents in the medicine bottles. Please visit our gift shop and support the museum's education and conservation programs.

While our content through #HistoricALX2U was created to fill an immediate need when our museums abruptly closed and prog...
06/08/2020

While our content through #HistoricALX2U was created to fill an immediate need when our museums abruptly closed and programming and events were canceled, we need your help to chart a new path for the summer and fall! Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey about what you would like to see from OHA digitally in the coming months: https://www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-OHADigitalSurvey

Some architecture fun courtesy of the Apothecary this day!
05/11/2020

Some architecture fun courtesy of the Apothecary this day!

Architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. Check out this street view of the Apothecary from the Museum’s collection and test your skills at spotting the shapes that make the building’s design. A quick-print activity for preschool and older. Bonus—the picture doubles as a coloring sheet! https://www.alexandriava.gov/114283 #MakeItMonday #HistoricALX2U #MuseumFromHome #PreservationMonth

Check out our beautiful Florida Water label - highlighted today for #HistoricALX2U!
04/17/2020

Check out our beautiful Florida Water label - highlighted today for #HistoricALX2U!

Florida Water – to drink or to make you smell good? This label is from the late 19th/ early 20th century when E.S. Leadbeater and Sons was in business at the Apothecary. Florida Water had an orange scent and its graphic was inspired by the Fountain of Youth, allegedly found in the Sunshine State. It could be used it in a wide variety of ways – from mouthwash to unisex cologne to room scent. Color your own label: https://www.alexandriava.gov/114283 #FactCheckFriday #HistoricALX2U #MuseumFromHome

Burdett Washington was enslaved from birth, later freed by the Stablers, and then worked to raise money to purchase his ...
04/15/2020

Burdett Washington was enslaved from birth, later freed by the Stablers, and then worked to raise money to purchase his children. Burdett’s story is intertwined with the Apothecary and Alexandria’s newest historic site Freedom House through the harrowing twists and turns of his son’s purchase. This year we are helping to raise funds through #Spring2ACTion to support Freedom House. New research is allowing us to explore untold stories of urban slavery in Alexandria and how embedded it was into the fabric of the city. Join us as we bring to light more stories like Burdett’s: https://bit.ly/3c6P9O5
For more on Burdett's story, explore the history of 1315 Duke Street: https://bit.ly/3bd8OvP

As a business that provided medicines to help with a variety of ailments, we can support this sentiment!
04/01/2020

As a business that provided medicines to help with a variety of ailments, we can support this sentiment!

On today’s #waterfrontwednesday, we send a huge thanks to all medical professionals working tirelessly to care for our community. As a port and rail hub, Alexandria adapted during the Civil War to meet the critical care needs of wounded soldiers from the front lines. One aide highlighted the state of things in 1862, “Their wounds had been well dressed & they said they were well cared, they have plenty of blankets, &...” Thank you for always rising to the challenge!
Learn more about Alexandria’s Civil War hospitals: https://www.alexandriava.gov/114283 #HistoricALX2U #MuseumFromHome #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes

Hey - that place looks familiar! Explore our first floor virtually.
03/24/2020

Hey - that place looks familiar! Explore our first floor virtually.

#TourTuesday Some describe it like a step back in time or that they just apparated into a Harry Potter book. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family-run business for over 140 years - from filling orders for the Washington family in the 18th century to providing medical supplies to army bases during WWI. Tour the entire first floor by clicking around the Google 360 view. Try to find the pickle spices’ box and George Washington’s bust! Link: https://www.alexandriava.gov/114283 #HistoricALX2U #MuseumFromHome

Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for some fun historic activities to share with your kids ...
03/20/2020

Miss visiting your favorite Historic Alexandria sites? Looking for some fun historic activities to share with your kids at home? Let our staff bring history virtually to you! Each weekday starting March 23 we will share new stories and content through our social media channels. Stay tuned for everything from virtual tours of our sites and museums to fun and educational activities. Our center for learning: https://www.alexandriava.gov/historic/info/default.aspx?id=114283 #HistoricALX2U

Due to shortage of staff and volunteers as well as low attendance, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) has decided t...
03/17/2020
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Due to shortage of staff and volunteers as well as low attendance, the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) has decided to close its sites starting March 17. Public programs at OHA sites through April 12 have been cancelled or will be rescheduled. Due to the changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our website.

In the meantime, you can explore Alexandria’s history virtually through our webpage and social media channels.

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum was a family business founded in 1792 and operated in this location from 1805 until 1933. It represents one of Alexandria's oldest continuously run businesses that combined retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing.

The Alexandria Health Department continues to advise that the general public in Alexandria is currently at low risk for ...
03/12/2020
Historic Alexandria

The Alexandria Health Department continues to advise that the general public in Alexandria is currently at low risk for COVID-19. To further reduce risk, we have decided to cancel or reschedule the following Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) public programs March 13 through March 22.

Canceled
March 14: Civil War Women’s Day, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
March 15: Geek Tour - A Magical Apothecary, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
March 22: Geek Tour - Behind the Scenes, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
March 21: Docent-Led Tour Friendship Firehouse Museum

To be rescheduled
March 13: Alexandria After-Work Concert Series, Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
March 13: Tavern Overnight, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
March 14: Community Remembrance Project Lecture Series-"A White Historian Confronts Slavery," Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum
March 21: Cadette Girl Scout Program, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
March 22: Junior Docent Auditions, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

OHA staff will reach out to guests who have made reservations for the above events. Pre-arranged tours, rentals, and birthday parties at OHA sites will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and guests should contact their site contact. All museums will remain open for visitors at this time.

For the latest information about OHA events, please visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/Historic

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Just what the Apothecary ordered! A historic win for the Washington Nationals. Congratulations! ⚾️🍾🦈
10/31/2019

Just what the Apothecary ordered! A historic win for the Washington Nationals. Congratulations! ⚾️🍾🦈

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on their second #WorldSeries win! ES Leadbeater and Sons prescribes 2 more w...
10/24/2019

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on their second #WorldSeries win! ES Leadbeater and Sons prescribes 2 more wins! #FINISHTHEFIGHT

Curator of Collections Callie talking about a terrifying time in Alexandria - Prohibition. Appropriate cocktail for the ...
05/07/2019

Curator of Collections Callie talking about a terrifying time in Alexandria - Prohibition. Appropriate cocktail for the night is an Apple Town Collins, full of gin (that could be made in the bathtub) + hard cider (not regulated like liquor at the time). #oldtowncocktailweek

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo
04/11/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
04/11/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (cle...
04/11/2019

Thank you for all your generous support yesterday during #Spring2ACTion. Although Team Water did not beat Team Fire (clearly the fire was chemical in nature), we all raised $8,000 to support Friendship Firehouse's Hose Reel. Soon it will be sent off to be restored thanks to your donations.

As #TeamWater is taking down #TeamFire at the moment, let's dive into some fun water trivia. Modern-day businesses pay a...
04/10/2019

As #TeamWater is taking down #TeamFire at the moment, let's dive into some fun water trivia. Modern-day businesses pay a water bill monthly, but the Apothecary in 1869 paid semi-annual rent! No online bill pay for their $5. #TeamWater http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

Good Morning #TeamWater! The Hose Reel we are supporting today would help put out a fire - Florida Water not so much, bu...
04/10/2019

Good Morning #TeamWater! The Hose Reel we are supporting today would help put out a fire - Florida Water not so much, but it would certainly make you smell lovely! It was a unisex cologne the Apothecary sold with the aromas of sweet orange, lavender, and clove. http://bit.ly/TeamWater #Spring2ACTion

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team F...
04/09/2019

Tomorrow is Spring2ACTion! Join Team Water as we share interesting water facts throughout the day to 1) take down Team Fire and 2) raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a ...
04/08/2019

The countdown is on for Spring2ACTion on Wednesday! Did you know this was used to put out fires in the 18th century - a simple bucket filled with water? Help Team Water compete against Team Fire as we all raise funds for the restoration of the Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel. http://bit.ly/TeamWater

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo
03/29/2019

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum's cover photo

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and w...
01/31/2019
Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts 2018

Today is the last day to vote for Friendship Firehouse Museum's 1858 hose carriage. It's a close race for #VATop10 and we NEED YOUR HELP to win. VOTE NOW at: http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr. And please join us tonight for a #HelpOurHose happy hour at Columbia Firehouse (109 S. St. Asaph St.) from 5-7p for food, a cash bar, trivia, and a chance to vote. Thank you for your help!

Your VOTE is needed to help our sister-site, the Friendship Firehouse Museum.  A quick VOTE at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr c...
01/29/2019

Your VOTE is needed to help our sister-site, the Friendship Firehouse Museum. A quick VOTE at http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr can help us win $4000 toward the restoration of this historic fire truck! VOTE TODAY! #HelpOurHose #TransformationTuesday #ConserveOurCarriage #VaTop10

#TransformationTuesday! Vote for the historic Prettyman Hose Carriage through Thursday to help make the transformation a reality! http://wshe.es/LTR90pqr #VaTop10 #HelpOurHose

Due to the inclement weather, the Apothecary Museum will be closed today for regular tours, January 13. The Geek Tour wi...
01/13/2019

Due to the inclement weather, the Apothecary Museum will be closed today for regular tours, January 13. The Geek Tour will go on as scheduled.

Voice of America did a great news story about the Apothecary Museum!
11/20/2018
Potions of Yore Preserved in Small US Museum

Voice of America did a great news story about the Apothecary Museum!

One of few surviving apothecaries in United States has been turned into museum in historic Alexandria, Virginia

The Apothecary Museum held its first American Sign Language Geek Tour, thanks to museum volunteer Brittany Turner, who i...
09/10/2018
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum hosts first tour in Sign language

The Apothecary Museum held its first American Sign Language Geek Tour, thanks to museum volunteer Brittany Turner, who is fluent in ASL. News provider LocalDMV.com covered the story.

A visit to the museum is one of the best ways to interact with history, but what if you only got to experience half of what the museum had to offer?

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! (slightly belated) We treated ourselves to a wolfsbane potion and had a great party in you...
08/01/2018

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! (slightly belated) We treated ourselves to a wolfsbane potion and had a great party in your honor!

The Apothecary Museum staff is already preparing for our annual Harry Potter birthday events on July 28th and 29th. You ...
05/30/2018
This Virginia Apothecary Is a Harry Potter Lover’s Paradise

The Apothecary Museum staff is already preparing for our annual Harry Potter birthday events on July 28th and 29th. You can enjoy reading about the museum in this great new article until then.

This centuries-old apothecary is a real-life version of a Hogwarts potions class — and muggles are welcome.

The Apothecary is on another top 10 Alexandria list! Huzzah!
04/27/2018
10 best things to do in Old Town Alexandria • Family Travels on a Budget

The Apothecary is on another top 10 Alexandria list! Huzzah!

Alexandria, Virginia -- a historic city recently voted most romantic city in America -- is home to history, arts, and great food. Alexandria's charm is great for families too -- with museums, parks and bike trails! Start planning your trip with our list of Alexandria's top ten places.

Address

105-107 S Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA
22314

Take the Yellow or Blue line to King Street. The free King Street Trolley runs every 20 minutes between 11 AM and 10 PM and will take you to Royal Street, only one block away!

General information

$5 for adults, $3 for children 5-12, ages 4 and under free The museum is guided tour only. Tours are 30 minutes and begin at quarter past and quarter to the hour. The last tour begins 15 minutes before closing. The tour involves ascending and descending one flight of ADA accessible stairs.

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Loved our recent visit to the Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Shop! What a great museum! http://www.midatlanticdaytrips.com/2018/10/stabler-leadbeater-apothecary-shop.html
Smoldering resentment: Alexandria walking tour will look at how volunteer firefighters dealt with Federal occupation during Civil War.
We much enjoyed the generous open house at the historic Stabler-Leadbeater museum in Alexandria, Virginia, a drugstore & general store for the Washingtons, Lees, and many others from the 1790s to the 1930s. Thank you! (Photo descriptions at: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue/photos/pcb.1332470296856858/1332463040190917/?type=3&theater)
Melinda Carroll Desiree Fierro-Tilton check it out
Myriah Rose look at how neat
Is there a possibility of having an virtual tour? It would be so wonderful to be able to see the museum up close/online. I know a few other historic sites have online virtual tours that I use for educational purposes.
Crystal Lee Negron-Fraguada
David Hooker , what do you say? Road trip before we finish the big room? Thanks Cynthia Brunty for the link!
Jackie, this seems like somewhere you would explore! Let me know if you check it out so I know if it's worth the trip north!!! 😊
We should go !