The Country Doctor Museum

7089 Peele Road, Bailey, NC 27807 - United States




The Country Doctor Museum offers a unique experience to learn about the history of country doctors, nurses, home remedies, and health care in small towns. The museum was founded over 50 years ago by energetic volunteers in North Carolina as they sought to preserve the story of the country doctor and the practice of medicine in rural America. A visit to the museum is a step off the beaten path to a time when doctors made house calls.


The Country Doctor Museum invites you to visit for a guided tour. Guided tours are available every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and begin in the museum’s gift shop. During your tour, you will visit the museum’s apothecary room and learn about 19th and early 20th medicines. Also included on the tour is “The Sick Room” which illustrates how caring for extended illnesses of family members was a common part of life at the turn of the 20th century. The museum’s Carriage House features the museum’s transportation collection, as well as an exhibit on the perils of polio.

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