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Welcome to an almost daily peek at our beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia which includes the "Historic Triangle" consisting of Colonial Williamsburg -the world’s largest living history museum- Yorktown and Jamestown.

December 30, 2011

The Apothecary in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia


Apothecaries in colonial times did much more than dispense medicines; they acted as doctor, mid-wife, surgeon, as well as providing medicines and cures.  As you can see from the second photo, there are a number of bottles and containers with ingredients for medicines.  They really did not know how medicines worked but understood which ingredients stopped or relieved a particular symptom.  We hope the guy in the first photo was not a tragic error.

4 comments:

Ruth B. said...

It is interesting to follow your blog, and read all about Williamsburg.

I want to wish you A Happy New Year.

Greetings from Ruth

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Save that first shot for next Halloween! Jim

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think the guy in the first shot died by that mysterious ailment 'hook in head' haha! I hope you both have a very Happy New Year.

Theanne and Baron said...

I was wondering if the skeleton was the plunder of a grave robber! And if the deceased would mind having his bones on display ;-) Two great shots...I suppose back in the day a town that had an apothecary considered themselves very fortunate indeed!

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