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Ephraim McDowell became the first physician to successfully remove an ovarian tumor on December 13, 1809. In this house, Dr. McDowell removed a 22.5 pounds tumor without anesthetic or antisepsis. His patient, Mrs. Crawford made an uncomplicated recovery, returning to her home 25 days later and living another 32 years. McDowell also removed a urinary stone and repaired a hernia for President James K. Polk. McDowell House overlooks Constitution Square State Park, where Kentucky's first state constitution was written in the 1780′s. The square has within its boundaries the first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains and replicas of an early jail house and courthouse.


  •  Ephriam McDowell
  • McDowell House Museum

Museum Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm; Sunday 2pm-4pm