1792: Edward Stabler opens a shop selling pharmacueticals and other items in the heart of Alexandria.
1796: Mr. Stabler moves his business to 107 S. Fairfax St. which is still open today as the Apothecary Museum.
1829: Edward Stabler purchases 105 S. Fairfax St.
1831: Edward Stabler dies and his son William takes over the business.
1845: William Stabler purchases a warehouse building.
1852: William Stabler dies and his brother-in-law, John Leadbeater takes over the business.
1860: John Leadbeater dies and his son Edward Stabler Leadbeater takes over the business.
1862: The Union Army Quartermaster begins requisitioning supplies from the firm during the Civil War.
1865: The Apothecary began to suffer the ups and downs of Alexandria's economy over the next few decades.
1933: What remained of the Stabler-Leadbeater firm closes; building contents are auctioned off and the Landmark Society is established to preserve and protect a unique piece of urban history.
(Click on the pictures below for enlarged views.)
1939: After renovations the Apothecary Museum opened as reported in the Washington Post on May 21, 1939.
1942: Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Museum to help commenerate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop.
Many of the items in this picture and in the pictures above can still be seen in the Museum.
A newspaper article of the day noted that Mrs. Roosevelt contributed to the maintenance of the Museum by adding to money being collected in a glass bottle on the counter.
1949: Throughout the years the Landmark Society maintained the Apothecary Museum as an important part of Alexandria's history. The back of the photo on the left reads:
“Bicentennial Commission 1949
Jos. E. Schwarzmann
at Leadbeater Drug Store Alexandria Va”
This photo was sent to the Apothecary Museum by John Schwarzmann, grandson of the man in the photo, Joseph Shwarzmann. The younger Schwarzmann explained: “My father and grandfather were very involved with the city and its historical history. My grandfather Joseph E. Schwarzmann was the Director of Public relations for the Alexandria Gazette and Authority on Alexandria's Historical and legendary Past.”
Unfortunately, we don't know who the appropriately dressed woman and child in the photo are. Do you? Does your family have any pictures taken at the Apothecary in one of its earlier incarnations? The Museum would like to know.
2006:The Landmark Society in conjunction with the City of Alexandria arranged for major stability and safety renovations to the 18th century building.
2006: The City of Alexandria took over responsibility for operating the Apothecary Museum from the Landmark Society.
2009:The Landmark Society became the Mortar & Pestle Society to provide continuing support for Alexandria's unique Apothecary Museum.
2011: You, too, can become part of the Apothecary's history by JOINING THE MORTAR & PESTLE SOCIETY!