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Guerin’s Pharmacy – Summerville, South Carolina


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Guerin’s Pharmacy in downtown Summerville has the distinction of not only being the oldest pharmacy in South Carolina, but also Summerville’s longest running business.

Guerin's Summerville

John Diskes of Summerville, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The story of Guerin’s pharmacy begins with Dr. Schwettman, who moved to Summerville during the Civil War to open a drugstore. He sold his business in 1871 to Dr. Henry Charles Guerin, who later sold it the Dunning family. Today Dr. Barbara Dunning runs the pharmacy while her semi-retired father, Charles Dunning, works here part time.

Guerin's Pharmacy

Linda C. Shaw of Summerville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

After school, particularly on Fridays, the front step of Guerin’s is often lined with backpacks from nearby school children stopping in with their friends for an icecream cone or rootbeer float.

Reflections on Guerin’s Pharmacy


Contributor Linda C. Shaw shares this about Guerin’s Pharmacy: “While waiting for your prescription to be filled you can have a hot dog, sip on a fountain soda, or enjoy an ice cream milk shake. History comes alive inside the shop where wooden glass cabinets hang on the back wall, colored medicine bottles line the window ledges, and decorative tin art covers the ceiling. This is a place that will take you back in time.”

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Guerin’s Pharmacy Info


Address: 140 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483
Website: http://www.guerinspharmacy.com/

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