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The apothecary displayed only the Leadbeater name in this c. 1890 photograph.

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Old Town History: Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary

Martha Washington was ailing terribly in April 1802. Searching for help in that era of primitive medicine, she sent a man with a note to an apothecary in Alexandria. “Mrs. Washington desires Mr. Stabler will send by the bearer, a quart bottle of his best castor oil, and the bill for it.” Sadly, the treatment did not improve her health and she died the following month.

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