“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic

Apothecaries Hall

Apothecaries Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
1. Apothecaries Hall Marker
Inscription. English:
On December 24, 1810, Thomas Desbrisay Jr. opened an apothecary shop on this site to supply drugs and medicine to the people of Prince Edward Island. Until then, many Islanders relied more on home remedies or obtained medicines directly from their doctor. In 1874 George E. Hughes took over the business, operating under the name Apothecaries Hall and operated it under the title of "Apothecaries Hall - Hughes Drug Co. Ltd." The present brick building replaced the original wooden structure in 1901. When the drug store closed in 1986, it was one of the longest continuously operated pharmacies in Canada.

En décembre 1810, Thomas DesBrisay, Jr. ouvrit ici un boutique d’apothicaire qui allait fournir des médicaments et des drogues à la population de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Jusque-là, les insulaires avaient plutôt recours aux remèdes maison ou obtenaient des médicaments préparés par leur médecin. George E. Hughes acquit ce commerce en 1874 et l’exploita sous le nom de Apothecaries Hall-Hughes Drug Co. Ltd. En 1901, le bâtiment de brique actuel remplaça l’édifice original en bois. À sa fermeture, en 1986, cette pharmacie avait connue l’une des plus longues périodes d’activité sans interruption au Canada.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument
Apothecaries Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
2. Apothecaries Hall Marker
The marker is on the left, Queen Street side of the building.
Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Location. 46° 14.076′ N, 63° 7.688′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is at the intersection of Queen Street and Grafton Street, on the right when traveling south on Queen Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Queen Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4B5, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederation Centre of the Arts (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlottetown City Hall (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Charlottetown (about 150 meters away); Prince Edward Island War Memorial (about 150 meters away); Edward Whelan (about 180 meters away); Thomas Heath Haviland (about 180 meters away); Colonel John Hamilton Gray (about 180 meters away); Edward Palmer (about 180 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottetown.
Categories. Industry & Commerce
Apothecaries Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
3. Apothecaries Hall Marker
Note the cannon vertically embedded in the sidewalk.
<i>Queen St. looking North, Charlottetown, P.E.I.</i> image. Click for full size.
postcard by the Photogelatine Engraving Co., Ltd., circa 1943
4. Queen St. looking North, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Apothecaries Hall is visible here as the largest building on the right side of Queen Street.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on . • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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