Martha Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Nelly Custis were among the earliest customers of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary. The small business began in 1805 when the Stabler family first opened its doors on South Fairfax Street. Now more than two decades later, the building still stands as the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.
The museum sheds light on the families who owned and operated the apothecary, as well as the products and services they provided. The exhibits showcase a large collection of herbs and botanical ingredients, much like the medicinal products that the apothecary doled out in its heyday, along with medical equipment and works of hand-blown glass. It also features journals, formula books, orders, and prescriptions—some made out to famous names you’ll recognize instantly. Take a 30-minute tour of the museum to learn more.