Exploring Dr. Hatchett’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain
Tucked away in downtown Lumpkin, Georgia you will find this very intact, historic drug store and soda fountain. At this museum 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.
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.
Violet Sky’s Visit
After visiting the nearby Bedingfield Inn, the guide from the museum led our group over to the Dr. Hatchett’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain. It was amazing how well preserved the entire place is. You feel like you are stepping back in time.
This shop looks like it could be used as a movie set! It was such a unique experience to get such a realistic vision of the past through the eyes of an old drug store and soda fountain.
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.
How to Visit
To visit Dr. Hatchett’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain please go to the nearby Bedingfield Inn. The cost is only $5.00 per person for both museums and is well worth the visit if you are in the area.
The store is located on Main Street in downtown Lumpkin, Georgia.
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