Outlandish Event at the Apothecary | News Release | City of Alexandria

Outlandish Event at the Apothecary

Inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels


Herbal medicine is a major theme in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels as 20th century physician Claire Fraser makes due with the technology of the 18th century. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum includes those Claire purchased herself as well as the more common herbs she foraged for.

On Saturday, October 14 one-hour tours will focus on the herbal medicines featured in the Outlander novels from cascara to dauco seeds. Enjoy a cup of 18th century-style tea and an herbal craft just like Claire would make.  Tours begin every 30 minutes 1 p.m.-4 p.m.. $18 per person; advance purchase of tickets recommended as space is limited. Tickets available through shop.alexandriava.gov

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town Alexandria, is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.

The Apothecary Museum is located at 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.  For more information, please call 703.746.3852 or visit www.apothecarymuseum.org.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3852, Virginia Relay 711.


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