Joseph Baker Gorrell


Company Names, addresses, dates:
  J. B. Gorrell, 102 N. Main Street, Culpeper VA
  J. N. Gorrell, Culpeper VA

Notes:
The 1880 US Census lists Joseph B. Gorrell was a pharmacist residing in Culpeper VA. The book "In & Around Culpeper - Walking & Driving Tours of a Virginia Piedmont Town" on page 14 identifies a building on 102 N. Main Street as Gorrell's pharmacy, where U.S. Grant used to visit in 18641.
There are some displays with information about J.B. Gorrell on the 2nd floor of the building at 102 N. Main street, which says that Gorrell's drug store was there during the civil war. It also says Gorrell lived in the upper 2 floors, that he renovated the building in 1889, and that Gorrell's shut down in the 1930s.
B.H. Gorrell was the president of the Virginia Pharmacists Association in 1895 - although I'm not sure if "B.H. Gorrell" is related to "J.B. Gorrell"2.
One of the bottles below is embossed with "J.N. GORRELL". I don't know if this was a mistake, or if there was another GORRELL druggist in Culpeper with the initials "J.N.". If there was, I would suspect he was related to J.B.

J.B. GORRELL Bottles:

gorrell_05 Clear 6.3" bottle embossed:
vertical: JOS. B. GORRELL / PRESCRIPTION DRUGGIST / CULPEPER, VA.
base: 2 / PAT DEC 13 / 87 / CLG CO
gorrell_06 Clear 4.0" bottle embossed:
vertical: JOSEPH B. GORRELL / DRUGGIST / CULPEPER, VA.
base: W T & CO / F
gorrell_01 Clear 2.8" bottle embossed:
vertical: J.B. GORRELL / CULPEPPER, VA.
Note that Culpeper is mispelled with two p's.
gorrell_02 Clear 4.7" and 4.3" bottles embossed:
vertical: J.B. GORRELL / CULPEPPER, VA.
Note that Culpeper is mispelled with two p's.
gorrell_03 Clear 2.8" bottle embossed:
vertical: GORRELL / CULPEPER, VA.



J.N. GORRELL Bottles:
gorrell_07 Clear 4.7" bottle embossed:
vertical: J.N. GORRELL / DRUGGIST / CULPEPER, VA.


This is a modern photo of the building at 102 N. Main Street in downtown Culpeper. It is presumably the same building that housed Gorrell's pharmacy. gorrell_04


1 "In & Around Culpeper - Walking & Driving Tours of a Virginia Piedmont Town", produced by the Museum of Culpeper History
2The Virginia Pharmacy Association's web site.




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