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Burkesville in Cumberland County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Smith Pharmacy

Oldest Pharmacy in the State of Kentucky

Smith Pharmacy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
1. Smith Pharmacy Marker
Inscription.  It all began in 1814 when three brothers, John, Philip, and Reuben Alexander opened a store called the "J.P.R. Store." Throughout the 19th century this store, not only sold drugs for man and animal, but sold everything from planks to cuff buttons. Rather than existing as a separate pharmacy or apothecary, it served as a general store, while devoting a portion of its inventory to medicinals. The Alexander family continued to own and operate the store throughout the 19th century. In 1906, W.F. Alexander sold the controlling interest of the store to Samuel Smith and his son John Peyton Smith. The general store which had once sold drugs as a sideline had now evolved into a drugstore which sold sundries as a sideline. After attending pharmacy school for one year, John Peyton became a registered pharmacist bringing the store to full maturity as a pharmacy. Randolph N. Smith followed his father's footsteps and, after graduation form Louisville College of Pharmacy, became actively involved in the pharmacy in 1939. Today Smith Pharmacy is operated by Smith's daughter, Laura Lee, and Doug Butler, her husband, who is a registered pharmacist. While you
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wait for your prescription to be filled you can enjoy your favorite ice cream from their soda fountain. If you choose not to pick up your prescription, they will gladly deliver it to your home.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 36° 47.417′ N, 85° 22.25′ W. Marker is in Burkesville, Kentucky, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Hill Street and North Main Street (Kentucky Route 61), on the right when traveling east on Hill Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkesville KY 42717, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Raiders Entered Here (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Father Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland County (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan On To Ohio (within shouting distance of this marker); Burkesville Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Skirmish at Norris Branch (approx. 2.7 miles away); Confederate Crossings at Neeley's Ferry (approx. 3 miles away); Civil War Camp at Marrowbone (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkesville.
Smith Pharmacy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, October 13, 2016
2. Smith Pharmacy
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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