Mar 162015

Wonders of Science

Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, is hosting a special day of 18th-century natural and medical science exploration and demonstrations.

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find out how they were used – and if they worked! Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th-century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s.

This hour-long program includes a tour of the museum in addition to the scientific demonstrations. The program is held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with new groups beginning every 30 minutes. Program is recommended for 3rdgrade and older. Admission is $6 per person, both children and adults. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, and can be made by calling 703.746.3852 or purchasing tickets online at

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, family-run business in Old Town Alexandria for more than a hundred years, is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. It also has a spectacularcollection 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.

For more information about the Apothecary Museum, visit or call 703.746.3852.


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 March 16, 2015  Posted by at 3:21 pm Alexandria Playgroup  Add comments