Timberman Brothers

Timberman Brothers (HM26LB)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.299', W 77° 2.81'

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City of Alexandria Est. 1749

At the turn of the 20th century, Alexandria was home to at least a dozen pharmacies, two of them associated with the name Timberman. Charles Parke Custis Timberman and other brother John Elmer Winfield Timberman were born near Pohick Church in 1878 and 1876 respectively, and their early years were spent at "Rosehill Farm" just outside of Alexandria. However during their late childhood, the family moved to 209 S. Fairfax Street, which was considered the family homestead for many decades.

Charles Timberman operated a pharmacy with Richard Gibson, known as Gibson & Timberman, at 824 King Street until 1904, when their partnership was dissolved. He then moved to Philadelphia to accept a position with a drug firm in that city. He died in 1917 and was buried in Alexandria.

John Timberman took the state examination to become a pharmacist in 1895, and soon after took a position at a drug store located at King and North Washington Streets, owned and operated by Ernest L. Allen. After Dr. Allen's death in 1906, he took over the proprietorship. The pharmacy, pictured here in the 1920's, was known as Timberman's Drug Store. Although John Timberman retired in 1943, the pharmacy retained his business name under the leadership of Francis X. Nugent, who began work at Timberman's in 1917 and remained there until 1973. Around 1950,

Timberman's relocated next door to 106 North Washington Street when the estate of Ernest Allen's son, William, decided to sell the property. At the new site, Nugent added an angled neon sign to highlight the otherwise non-descript façade, and that sign was incorporated into the collections of the Office of Historic Alexandria when the drug store finally closed in 2004.

Although the handsome 19th century structure was demolished in 1954 to make way for a more modest two story structure, the "ghost" of its roofline can still be seen on the east side of the building at 703 King Street.
HM NumberHM26LB
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
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Date Added Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322267 N 4297125
Decimal Degrees38.80498333, -77.04683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.299', W 77° 2.81'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 17.94" N, 77° 2' 48.6" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 622 King St, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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