Guided Tour for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Students or Children at McDowell House Museum (Up to 50% Off)


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19th-century home & apothecary contains furnishings & replicas of medical equipment used by doctor who pioneered surgery on ovarian tumors

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid towards special events. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

To be considered a historical landmark, buildings must be at least 50 years old and contain at least one Founding Father’s skeleton. Feel history in your bones with this Groupon.

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  • $7 for a guided tour for two adults (up to a $14 value)
  • $10 for a guided tour for two adults and two students/children (up to a $20 value)

McDowell House Museum

The McDowell House Museum began its life as the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. While he lived on its premises, during the nation’s early days, Dr. McDowell pioneered the ovariotomy, a medical treatment unheard of in 19th-century clinics. On Christmas morning in 1809, he surgically removed a 22-pound tumor from the ovary of Jane Todd Crawford—the first procedure of its type ever successfully performed.

Today, Dr. McDowell’s house stands as a monument to his medical mind and the people that it saved. On tours through the museum—which is furnished in turn-of-the-century antiques and early medical equipment—guides explain the doctor's lifesaving procedures while strolling through the home’s restored Georgian interior. Guests can wander through Dr. McDowell’s medical office, search for old-fashioned remedies in his apothecary shop next door, and recuperate from their exertions in the formal gardens. The apothecary shop contains more than 200 pieces of antique medical equipment including a leech jar, early American mortars and pestles, and fossilized tongue depressors. The house and its grounds also overlook Constitution Square State Park, which contains the first post office west of the Alleghenies along with replicas of an early jailhouse and courthouse.

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drwade49 June 23, 2016
"Beautiful Historic Home"
The McDowell House is a beautiful historic home with a great story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. This is a guided tour so you can ask questions. Easy to walk through. Tour includes the house, gardens and doctor's office. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Charlotte M June 18, 2016
"Time to kill"
Great way to kill some time, the McDowell house museum was very interesting. It was like stepping back in time to see some of the thing there.
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jbhaltom May 15, 2016
"Wonderful site of historical 19th century medical miracle"
McDowell House offers a docent led tour of the apothecary typical of early 19th century in the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. The first successful ovarian tumor was removed from Jane Todd Crawford on Christmas Day in 1809 while the congregation at Trinity Episcopal church prayed for patien... Read More
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