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Country Doctor Museum in Bailey reopens following renovations

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Feb. 1, 2008)   —   The Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, which had been closed for renovations, reopens Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The museum features exhibits about the history of rural health care. It had been closed since Dec. 24 for interior painting of the Farmer Annex and Freeman-Brantley Building. The heart of pine wood floors in the gift shop and apothecary were refinished. Crown molding was installed and electrical upgrades were made in exhibit areas.

"All the renovations and improvements were completed with visitors in mind, so that their visit will be safe and enjoyable," said Jennie Schindler Graham, historic site manager.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55 and older and $3 for students including college students with proper identification.

Guests receive guided tours and learn about the days when doctors made house calls traveling on horse and buggies.

"A particular exhibit that draws a lot of interest from our guests is our phlebotomy, or bloodletting exhibit, which features live medicinal leeches," Schindler Graham said. "Leeching was once a very popular method of bloodletting, often unimaginable today."

The Country Doctor Museum, operated by the Laupus Library at East Carolina University, is at 6642 Peele Road in Bailey. For more information, call 252-235-4165 or visit


Contact: Jennie Schindler Graham | 252-744-2481