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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.

Our hours are M-Sat 10-12 & 1-4. Sundays 2-4.

We are OPEN our normal hours on Memorial Day weekend, including Memorial Day itself.

We take tours as they arrive but please arrive by 11:30 and 3:30 for a tour.

Our gift shop is open 11-4 M-Sat. Closed Sundays. Select merchandise is also available on this website, please visit the store section or call (859) 236-2803.

Upcoming Events:

On June 1st, to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky we will be offering FREE tours of the museum!
We will also be offering FREE mini-concerts from the lady below, Carys Kunze! She is an amazing singer!

Free Tours Start at: 10:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 3:30

Free Mini-Concerts Start at: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30

For other events celebrating the 225th anniversary please visit: We are right across the street from Constitution Square, the center of the state’s celebration of the 225th anniversary! So come out and make a day of it!

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Telephone: 859.236.2804
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McDowell House Museum
125 South Second Street
Danville, KY 40422

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