Ephraim McDowell House

Ephraim McDowell House (HM1CI8)

Location: Danville, KY 40422 Boyle County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 38.698', W 84° 46.262'

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Home of Ephraim McDowell, the "father of modern surgery." Here on December 25, 1809, McDowell performed the first successful abdominal operation when he took a 22-pound ovarian cyst from Jane Todd Crawford of Green Co. With no anesthesia, she sang hymns during the operation. Crawford recovered in 25 days and lived until 1842.


Built in 3 stages. Brick ell, or single-story wing, built 1790s. McDowell purchased house in 1802 and added front clapboard section c. 1804. Rear brick office and formal gardens added in 1820. House sold when McDowell died in 1830. In 1930s, Ky. Med. Assoc. bought house; restored by WPA. House dedicated on May 20, 1939. Now a house museum.
HM NumberHM1CI8
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number2284
Year Placed2009
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 1:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 696649 N 4168761
Decimal Degrees37.64496667, -84.77103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.698', W 84° 46.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 41.88" N, 84° 46' 15.72" W
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Area Code(s)859, 606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 130-198 S 2nd St, Danville KY 40422, US
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