• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Fort Davis National Historic Site

A historic microscopeFort Davis is one of the best preserved frontier military posts in the American Southwest. Of the many ruins and twenty remaining structures, five buildings have been restored to the 1880s period. The Friends of Fort Davis NHS donated $50,000 for historic furnishings for the post surgeon’s office in the newly restored hospital.

Staff curators at Harpers Ferry Center purchased both antiques and reproductions to recreate this military doctor’s office. The 1876 antique microscope was manufactured by Zentmayer, the same company that made microscopes for the US Army in the late 1800s.  Reproductions of the post surgeon’s medical diploma, an articulated skeleton, and more than 200 medical books are also on display. The books were selected from the 1883 Standard Supply Table of the Medical Department. A reproduction examination table and antique medical instruments complete the scene. The furnished room opened in April 2012.


the reproduced military doctor's office, with desk, lamp, uniform jacket, bottles of medicine, etc

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