McDowell House - Museum, Apothecary and Gardens

125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422
(859) 236-2804


Book Tour for Available Times


The Life and Times of Ephraim McDowell by Dr. Laman Gray, Sr.

The Life and Times of Ephraim McDowell ($9.95)

A detailed book on Dr. McDowell’s Life for a low price! By Dr. Laman Gray, Sr. 1987. 157 Pages.

Historic Structures Report

Spiral-bound book containing an in-depth study of the history and architecture of the House. Includes pictures and diagrams. Approx. 166 pages including appendices, etc.

Printed Booklet ($30.00)

Audio CD ($10.00)

Isaac Shelby: Kentucky’s First Governor and Hero of Three Wars ($15.95)

A biography of one of Kentucky’s greatest citizens (and Dr. McDowell’s father-in-law!). Written by George Grider and Sylvia Wrobel. 1974. Hardback, 154 pgs.

Ephraim McDowell: Father of Ovariotomy ($40.00)

The classic biography of Dr. McDowell originally published in 1921 by Dr. August Schachner. Hardcover. 331 pgs (including index).

Recipes From the Heart 2007 ($20.00)

A collection of favorite recipes and local history from Boyle County, Kentucky and the surrounding area. 295 pgs with index.

McDowell House Activity Book and Supplement ($4.50)

This newly expanded activity book is the perfect way to introduce your youngest family members to the McDowell story. Pages and activities include Ephraim McDowell’s biography, the famous surgery, daily life during Dr. McDowell’s lifetime, information on the McDowell House museum collections, coloring pages, word search, crossword, and family tree and coat of arms activities. The new supplement, based on more recent exhibit research, includes information on Kentucky and the McDowell family’s history during the War of 1812 and the Civil War (including the life of Adeline McDowell Deaderick), as well as slavery in Kentucky and in the McDowell family.

Danville and Boyle County in the Bluegrass Region in Kentucky: An Architectural History ($40.00)

This book on Danville architectural history is excellent for both coffee tables and serious research. Covering five major periods spanning the towns founding in 1774 to 1945, the book includes sections on main streets, churches, schools, industry and travel, and outbuildings. Of special note are information about the McDowell House (pre- and post-restoration), the Joseph McDowell House, the Samuel McDowell Sr. House, Cambus-Kenneth, and the Goldsmith House (home to one of Dr. McDowell’s apprentices and the current location of our gift shop).

Hardcover, 10.5″x10.5″, 232 pgs, partial color, glossy.

Boyle County, Kentucky 1850 Census ($33.00)

By St. Asaphs Chapter, NSDAR. From the introduction: “Beginning in 1850, all persons in the household were recorded, including names, ages, sex, occupations, & places of birth; also [significant health conditions]; value of real estate; school attendance; literacy; whether a pauper or a convict. Genealogists will, therefore, find the first census for the newly established Boyle County (1842, from parts of Mercer and Lincoln counties) doubly interesting.” Includes index. Paperback, black and white, 166 pgs. Limited quantities available.