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McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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Copyright 2012

Come visit the former home and office of Dr. Ephraim McDowell. Here on Christmas morning 1809, Dr. McDowell performed surgery on Jane Todd Crawford for the removal of an ovarian tumor. The ovarian tumor he removed from Mrs. Crawford weighed twenty-two and one-half pounds. The surgery was performed without benefit of anesthetic or antisepsis, neither of which was known to the medical profession at the time. Mrs. Crawford’s surgery was successful. She returned to her home in Green County twenty-five days after the operation and lived another thirty-two years. This was the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in the world.

The museum is furnished and features a wonderful collection of antiques including early medical equipment. 

The McDowell House is a National Historic Landmark.

Yes, we are open! McDowell House Museum has resumed its normal schedule! We are now open on Mondays!

Normal Hours:

 Our hours are 10-12, 1-4 Monday-Saturday & 2-4 Sundays. Please arrive by 3:30 for a tour.

Please visit us and bring your company!

Jon Carloftis to Speak at McDowell House Museum

Jon Carloftis

Jon Carloftis

Nationally known garden expert Jon Carloftis will be the featured guest at a special event held at McDowell House Museum on Monday, April 20th from 10:00am-11:30am. Mr. Carloftis is an “…award-winning garden designer, garden writer, television guest, author, and lecturer…”. Mr. Carloftis will share the expertise valued by famous names like, “The Lauder family (of Estee Lauder fame); actors Julianne Moore, Mike Myers, and Edward Norton; producer Jerry Bruckheimer and wife Linda Bruckheimer; Google New York headquarters – these are a few of Jon’s recognizable clients.”

Tickets will be $25 per guest, which includes breakfast refreshments. RSVP has been extended to Sunday April 19th at 4:00 pm! Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.

Please RSVP to McDowell House Museum at (859) 236-2804 with your credit card, or send a check to 125 S. Second St. Danville, KY 40422.

During the event Mr. Carloftis will mingle with guests and lead a tour through the McDowell House gardens. The theme of his presentation will be “New Plants for Historic Homes”. He will also announce winners in a local floral design contest that he will personally judge early that morning.

Interested attendees are invited to enter a floral design of their choice in the contest. Natural plant material should be used in all designs. Subject to participation, there will be at least two ribbon winners per category and a Best of Show Award with a prize. The two categories will be members of the Garden Club of Danville and an open category. Arrangements may be dropped off on Sunday the 19th from 2pm-4pm or Monday the 20th from 9:00am-9:30am. Doors open at 9:45am for the program. The garden tour will conclude at 11:30am.

McDowell House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is located at 125 S. Second St. in downtown Danville. All proceeds from the event will benefit the W. Mack Jackson Memorial Garden at McDowell House Museum.

Quotes are from John Carloftis Fine Gardens Bio & Firm Profile .

Please come visit our  gift shop! It is across the street from the museum (the red brick building on the corner).

Our gift shop is open Mon. & Thurs.-Sat. 11-5 in March.

You can contact the gift shop at:

134 S. Second St. Danville, KY (859) 236-2803



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