Danville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Ephraim McDowell House
Home of Ephraim McDowell, the “father of modern surgery.” Here on December 25, 1809, McDowell performed the first successful abdominal operation when he took a 22-pound ovarian cyst from Jane Todd Crawford of Green Co. With no anesthesia, she sang hymns during the operation. Crawford recovered in 25 days and lived until 1842.
Built in 3 stages. Brick ell, or single-story wing, built 1790s. McDowell purchased house in 1802 and added front clapboard section c. 1804. Rear brick office and formal gardens added in 1820. House sold when McDowell died in 1830. In 1930s, Ky. Med. Assoc. bought house; restored by WPA. House dedicated on May 20, 1939. Now a house museum.
Erected 2009 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2284.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 38.698′ N, 84° 46.262′ W. Marker is in Danville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is on South 2nd Street south of Main Street (Kentucky Route 34, 52), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 South Second Street, Danville KY 40422, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Dr. Ephraim McDowell House (here, next to this marker); African American Business District - Doric Lodge No. 18 (F. & A.M.-P.H.A.) (within shouting distance of this marker); First USCT Recruits at Camp Nelson (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker Daniel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Gill Weisiger Memorial Park (about 300 feet away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky - Danville (about 400 feet away); Grayson's Tavern (about 400 feet away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . . McDowell House Museum ::. (Submitted on January 2, 2014.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Science & Medicine • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2014, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2014, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2016, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.