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Flowers to Pharmaceuticals – Civil War Medicinal Gardens
June 10, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Find out more about the natural remedies used to treat illness during the Civil War with National Museum of Civil War Medicine volunteer Greg Susla.
On Saturday, June 10th at 3PM at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum Barn, Greg Susla will discuss his work on the medicinal herb garden at the Pry House. Boasting over 35 different herbal varieties, the garden is representative of plants that would have been grown during the period in the Mid-Atlantic region. He will note the medicinal applications of the various plants grown in the garden and their uses during the 19th century.
During the Civil War, access to drugs and medicines became a serious issue for communities on both sides of the conflict. Instead of relying on official sources, civilians often relied on what they could scrounge or grow themselves.
This is a pay-what-you-please event. There is a $3.00 suggested donation to tour the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. Members access events and tours for FREE.
The Pry House is open from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, from June 3 through October 28.
The Pry House Field Hospital Museum is located at 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD 21756.
Greg Susla has been a volunteer at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine since January 2011. Greg’s interest in the Civil War stems from his hometown, Torrington, CT, the birthplace of the abolitionist John Brown. Greg received his pharmacy degrees from the Universities of Connecticut and Florida and completed a critical care pharmacy residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals. Greg spent the majority of his career as the ICU pharmacist at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and volunteered his time in the ICU at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Greg has been active in the Society of Critical Care Medicine for over 25 years serving on a number of the Society’s committees and is a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Greg recently retired as the Associate Director of Medical Information at MedImmune in Gaithersburg, MD. Greg is leading the restoration of the garden and is being assisted by his wife Lisa and other staff members and volunteers at the Museum and Pry House. Greg and his wife Lisa live in Frederick, MD.