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MCDOWELL HOUSE AND APOTHECARY SHOP

Region Danville, Kentucky - Bluegrass Region
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125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

859-236-7794
859-236-7794
mcdhse@kih.net
Dr. Ephraim McDowell made medical history on Christmas morning 1809. From the early frontier town of Danville, he became world-renowned as the ''Father of Abdominal Surgery.'' Without the benefit of anesthetic and antisepsis, he performed the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor. Jane Todd Crawford, a pioneer woman, was his patient. Today the carefully restored McDowell House, apothecary shop, and gardens stand on their original site. The house and shop contain furnishings of the period, some of which are family connected. A guided tour of the house and grounds will inform visitors of Dr. McDowell's accomplishments and remind them of another era when America was new. Open daily 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays from November 1 to March 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
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