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McDowell House

Dr. Ephraim McDowell made medical history here on Christmas morning, 1809, when he successfully removed an ovarian tumor from Jane Todd Crawford. This was the first such surgery in the world. The house includes period furnishings and an apothecary shop with a fascinating collection of early pharmaceutical and medical equipment.
Group Tour
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  • Operation Hours: Open year-round 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Mondays November through February.
  • Entrance Fee:
  • Length of Tour: 1 Hour
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  • Mileage/Direction from Lexington: 35 miles southwest of Lexington
Info for Tour Leaders
  • Grouprate:
  • Handicap Accessibility: Limited