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Shelburne in Chittenden County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Apothecary Shop

Constructed on-site: 1959

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2017
1. Apothecary Shop Marker
Inscription.

The Apothecary Shop represents a late 19th-century druggist's shop. Prior to the Civil War, druggists gathered and dried herbs, grinding, distilling, and mixing them with a variety of substances to create medicinal remedies. By 1900, druggists distributed commercially produced patent medicines to customers looking for cure-alls. The passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act marked the end of the local apothecary and the rise of the modern pharmacy.

The main room exhibits dried herbs, spices, patent medicines, medical equipment, cosmetics, and a collection of barbers' razors. The compounding room contains a hearth and copper distilling equipment.
 
Erected by the Shelburne Museum.
 
Location. 44° 22.599′ N, 73° 13.868′ W. Marker is in Shelburne, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Touch for map. Marker and building are on the Shelburne Museum grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6000 Shelburne Road (US Hwy 7), Shelburne VT 05482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Store (here, next to this marker); Stencil House (within shouting distance of this marker); Prentis House (within shouting

Apothecary Shop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2017
2. Apothecary Shop and Marker
distance of this marker); Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Vermont House Gallery (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutton House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorset House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelburne.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chemistry and the 19th-century American Pharmacist (Higby, 2003). (Submitted on October 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Pure Food and Drug Act (1906). (Submitted on October 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Shelburne Museum Story. (Submitted on October 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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