Tucked away in downtown Lumpkin, Georgia you will find this very intact, historic drug store and soda fountain. At this musuem you can explore what it would be like to step back in time at a place like this!
On display is one of the largest collections of apothecary jars in the U.S. Most of the items in the store are from the 1960s or older. Some items even date back to the late 1800s.
History of Dr. Hatchett’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain
The history of Dr. James Hatchett’s work dates back to the 1860s, where he worked as a surgeon and later pharmacist during the Civil War. After the war he opened a drug store in Fort Gaines, a city near Lumpkin. Dr. James Hatchett passed away in 1894 and his son, Samuel took ownership of the business.
Samuel greatly expanded the family business and gained quite a reputation with his customers. He ran the store in Fort Gaines until his death in 1957. He left his store in the hands of his wife Emogene who simply locked up the building, leaving everything where Samuel had left it.
For Lumpkin, the historical society remodeled an old drugstore, as seen in the photos, that once was a booming business in downtown Lumpkin. The store looked quite similar to that of Hatchett’s in Fort Gaines.
The entire collection was moved from Fort Gaines to the restored shop in Lumpkin. Today the collection is on display for visitors and history lovers.
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