The Country Doctor
Museum in Bailey, N.C., is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of
America’s rural health care. Over the decades, the Museum’s collection has grown to more than 5,000 medical artifacts relevant to the practice of medicine between the
late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century, as well as many
volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation. The interpretive
range also expanded from rural doctors to include topics such as nursing,
pharmaceuticals and home remedies.
lead tours through three buildings of exhibits and are available to answer
questions. Visitors start their tour at the Farmer Annex, a late 1800’s farm
house now home to the Museum’s gift shop, administrative offices and keeping
The original Museum building is comprised of two former country doctor
offices, and the medicinal herb garden is located behind this building. The
Carriage House features the Museum’s transportation exhibit, as well as the
display “The Art of Nursing.”
holidays and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. All tours
are guided and available every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
N.C., at the SR 581
exit off Highway 264 between Raleigh and Wilson.
Adults – $5.00, Seniors
(55+) – $4.00, Youth (age 3-18) and students with valid school ID – $3.00.
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(All photos courtesy The Country Doctor Museum.)