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McDowell House Museum

125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801
+1 859-236-2804
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Worth a stop in Danville.

Ephraim McDowell was a remarkable doctor for his time. No one had ever performed the type of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Louisville, KY
via mobile
First Doctor to Perform Abdominal Surgery (Without Anesthesia)

Ephraim McDowell's home has been preserved to show where he performed the first abdominal surgery... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Danville, Kentucky
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McDowell House is a house museum. Every day, personally guided tours are given through the house and apothecary where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked. Dr. McDowell is known for performing the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor.
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125 S 2nd St, Danville, KY 40422-1801
+1 859-236-2804
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ephraim McDowell was a remarkable doctor for his time. No one had ever performed the type of surgery he did in pioneer days. Imagine removing a 22 pound tumor during the early 1800s. Now imagine the patient lived until the age of 78. Then again,...More

Thank jgbtravels
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Ephraim McDowell's home has been preserved to show where he performed the first abdominal surgery to remove a 20 pound tumor from Mary Todd Crawford. His apothecary is attached and has been restored to look as it would have when he was practicing medicine. Nice...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Guided tour. The guide was delightful! She was an amazing story teller that was able to captivate two young boys. Beautiful home, rich with history. Mc Dowell house is conveniently located next to Constitution Square. We visited both places in a morning.

Thank jmoosey
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The docent we had obviously really cared about the house and the story of the doctor who lived there. He is famous for performing the first surgery on a woman with an ovarian tumor at that house. The tour takes about an hour though it...More

Thank froghop96
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This was a nice place. Our guide seemed to be new at the job though. She never even told us about the surgery that we read about online and in the book. She was very nice and answered a lot of questions, she just didn't...More

Thank Jane2356
Reviewed 6 December 2016

I had out of town guests that I wanted to expose to Danville, Ky. We visited McDowell House Museum and really enjoyed learning about the history of the first successful surgery. I am a pharmacist so I also enjoyed visiting the Apothecary attached next to...More

Thank sarahmA9627OQ
Reviewed 23 June 2016

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!

Thank drwade49
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

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.

Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 16 May 2016

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...More

Thank jbhaltom
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We loved Danville's historic McDowell House! We were able to go into every room and see close up the life of a turn-of-the-century pioneer surgeon. Dr. McDowell made world history here. Their apothecary shop is a gem. In the heart of Danville's downtown, this is...More

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