The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is a historical business in Alexandria, Va. There are many terrific tours to take in the Old Town section of the city, and the apothecary is a great option.
The City of Alexandria is deeply rooted in early American history. Throughout the Old Town section of Alexandria, many historical structures remain. When visiting the city and its landmarks, it is like stepping back in time.
Northern Virginia offers numerous ways to explore early American history. There are plenty of old homes, museums and other landmarks to tour across the several counties that make up the region of what is affectionately called "Nova".
The year had barely begun when a terrorist bombing took place outside of a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. According to preliminary date from the Ministry of Health the bombing killed 21 and left 43 wounded.
In the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” the late Paul Newman plays an inmate who wins the hearts and respect of his fellow prisoners by going against authority. His unwavering opposition of power, however, ultimately leads to his untimely death by gunshot.
A team lead by French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio have found what may be the earliest reference to Jesus Christ. A bowl found in the the underwater ruins of Alexandria's ancient great harbor has wording that could have been about Christ.
The ballroom at Gadsby's. This is the location where George Washington's birthday party was given in 1798 and 1799 (the year he died). Today the museum continues the tradition and celebrates Washington's birthday each year.
The current pulpit was installed in the late 19th century, it is not an original, but a replica in design, placement and liturgical practices to be consistent with the way it would have looked in the 18th century.
Back in Colonial times Gadsby's Tavern was a location where many prominent people visited, ate, drank, socialized, and attended meetings and performances. Washington was a patron as was John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Marquis de Lafayette and many other domestic and foreign dignitaries. Here, the museum has replicated the "main" tavern section.
A snapshot of history. This image is on display at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary and shows what the shop looked like when it was operational. The business claimed bankruptcy in 1933 and the owners simply locked the doors and walked away.
An image of the interior located on the museum's main floor. The doors to this building were simply locked in 1933 when the business filed for bankruptcy. The building and its contents are authentic to how it was left with supplies still in the bottles and drawers. Truly remarkable.