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Goolrick's Pharmacy

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Address: Fredericksburg, VA
Phone Number: +1 540-373-3411
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An old-fashioned drug store, said to be the oldest in America.

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It's like going back in time.

If you remember drug store lunch counters then you will love the feeling of Goolrick's. You will not find "fancy" food here. Tuna, ham and cheese sandwiches, soup, your basic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you remember drug store lunch counters then you will love the feeling of Goolrick's. You will not find "fancy" food here. Tuna, ham and cheese sandwiches, soup, your basic lunch counter fare. The milkshakes are awesome.

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Thank Jim P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

A long-running (oldest running) soda fountain. A place to stop and rest from your shopping and sight-seeing for a root beer float or an unusual egg-cream soda.

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toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Breakfast was awesome. Had vanilla and chocolate shakes which were thick and creamy. Partner had bacon and eggs special - excellent. I had a toasted egg salad sandwich. Fresh and very tasty. You gotta eat here!!!!

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Thank RivieraLady
Spotsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A trip to the past... complete with malts and shakes made on site, a lunch counter serving sandwiches. The only compounding pharmacy in the area - great for those special prescriptions.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Had a chicken salad sandwich - and a chicken salad sandwich is a chicken salad sandwich ... but this was a fun visit to, I think, the second oldest pharmacy in the country!!?? Service was fine but our waitress was not very pleasant.

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NewYork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Lived in Fredericksburg for 17 years - always went to Goolrick's. Has not changed. Classic old fashioned soda fountain

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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

When you enter this store you are not sure that you can have breakfast here. Because the sign says Pharmacy. The first part of the store is where you can get ice cream, apple pie and other food. The back end is the Pharmacy. We ordered the breakfast special which consists of two eggs, two pieces ig bacon and 4... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is a place one should go to relive the era of the soda jerks and neighborhood drug store. The only thing missing was the comic book rack near the front. We went for Ice Cream and were not disappointed. All the people in the store were friendly, the ice cream delicious and service exceptional. The prices for regular food... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I decided to go here because it came highly recommended by my trolley guide, not to mention it is a great piece of history. I had a sandwich and a shake. Everything tasted great and if I am ever back, I will try the vanilla shake (I had the chocolate one this visit).

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Thank BlackSheep773
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Goolrick's is as nostalgic as it gets. A real old time pharmacy with a great lunch counter. The hand scooped shakes and malts are not to be missed.

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