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Pharmacy of Yore Featured in N.J. Museum

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy of Yore Featured in N.J. Museum

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Pharmacists visiting the Jersey shore should feel right at home in the Steamboat Dock Museum, run by the Keyport Historical Society. One of the main attractions in the museum is an exhibit that features items from Keyport's Henry Hopkins' Drug Store. The store closed its doors around 10 years ago, but may have been a Keyport fixture since 1872, said Norrine Schanck, museum curator.

The pharmacy changed hands several times over the years, and items turned over to the museum indicate it may have been known as Warn's Drug Store in its early years. In later times-- during the 1960s and '70s--Schanck remembers the drugstore as a place where the "local kids worked behind the soda fountain." The longtime institution finally shut down when its last owner, Henry Hopkins, was struck and killed by a car.

Among the items on display in the museum are old medicine bottles, a pharmacy license, remnants of the store's soda fountain, including a syrup pump, and pharmacy ledgers and registers. …

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