The Sick Room: Home Comfort and Bedside Necessities,” now exhibiting at the Country Doctor Museum, examines how caring for extended illnesses of family members was a common part of life at the turn of the 20th century. Travel 45 minutes west to Bailey, North Carolina, and visit the oldest United States’ museum devoted to rural healthcare history.
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Our History Collections is proud to manage The Country Doctor Museum. Located in Bailey, NC, The Country Doctor Museum honors the work of rural health care providers by collecting, preserving, and interpreting medical artifacts that date primarily from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century. In addition to two 19th century doctors’ offices reconfigured to house the medical collection, the Museum facility includes a medicinal herb garden, a carriage house, nursing and sick room displays, and a gift shop. Through guided tours, education outreach and exhibits, the Museum offers insight into the history of rural health care in America.
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