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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.

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

You can contact the gift shop at:

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



Holiday Museum Hours:

Christmas Eve – Close at Noon, please arrive by 11:30

Christmas – Closed

New Year’s Eve – Close at Noon, please arrive by 11:30

New Year’s Day – Closed

Otherwise we will follow our normal winter hours, which are 10-12, 1-4 Tuesday-Saturday & 2-4 Sundays. Please arrive by 3:30 for a tour.

Please visit us and bring your company!

Danville is now a part of the new Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway, a National Scenic Byway!


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