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      As you plan to visit the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, be sure to include a tour of the 18th & early 19th century McDowell House, Apothecary and Gardens. In a personally guided tour, you will hear the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell, pioneer surgeon, and see this meticulously restored home, medical office and gardens.

On Christmas Day, 1809, Dr. McDowell performed the now famous surgery in an upstairs bedroom that will be included in your tour. His home is a fine example of early Georgian architecture. It has been restored and furnished to its early nineteenth century elegance. 
Dr. McDowell’s apothecary shop, located next door, is furnished with a large collection of late 18th and early 19th century apothecary ware.

McDowell House overlooks Constitution Square Historic Site, where Kentucky’s first state constitution was written. The square has within its boundaries the first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains and replicas of an early jail house, meeting house, and courthouse.

Admission Rates
General Admission Group Rates
Adults $8.00 $4.00
Senior (62+)

Active Military 





Students (13-18) $4.00 $2.00
Children (5-12) $3.00 $1.00
Children Under 5 Free

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We have moved to a reservation system for tours, due to Covid-19.

Tours are available M-Sat at 10:30, 1:00, and 2:30.

Tours last approximately 45-60 minutes but can be tailored to suit your group.

McDowell House is partially accessible to guests in wheelchairs. There are ramps to the first floor of the house and gift shop. The 2nd floor and the apothecary shop are viewable by video.

Please call (859) 236-2804 or e-mail for questions.

Click here for Driving Directions


McDowell House & Apothecary Shop

125 South Second Street

Danville, Kentucky 40422

Phone: 859-236-2804


Mrs. Carol Senn, Director


Telephone: 859.236.2804
Please click here for Driving Directions or here for printable pdf.

McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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