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Civil War Medical Museum

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Address: 400 South Main Street, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942
Phone Number: 15408322944
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Welcome to the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum Before the Civil...
Welcome to the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau Hospital. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era.
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The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

A great place to visit and learn about our history. Also has "Night at the Museum" where you can do some paranormal investigations, never have been disappointed in all of our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A great place to visit and learn about our history. Also has "Night at the Museum" where you can do some paranormal investigations, never have been disappointed in all of our visits.

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Stuarts Draft, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum has many interesting artifacts in addition to books with historical facts for purchase. The self guided tour has extensive posted history throughout from before during and after the war. There are many photographs including written correspondence. One appreciates the trials of all in this traumatic point in our nation's history. For history and medical professionals, you must see... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A local told us about this place. It is a well presented small museum. We got there late in the day, and the lady in charge stayed late so we could look around. So nice of her! We ended up going to the Maplewood Cemetery to see the graves of the Civil War soldiers.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was a fascinating place to visit. It is self guided which is nice, so we could move at our own pace. The building was beautiful and the view from the second floor balcony was great. There were so many artifacts and plaques to read. It was an educational experience.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

After driving by this museum for years, I finally made a point of exploring it, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in American history. The rooms of this old hotel (which served as a hospital during the Civil War) have many stories to tell: - travel & lodging in the 19th century - Civil War history - 19th... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Nice place to visit and learn all about the place where the term, "dig your own grave" started! Very nice civil war artifacts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The Civil War Museum was an interesting find in the town of Gordonsville. It is well maintained with lots of information. Was one of the highlights of our time in VA. Would recommend visiting if you have an interest in Civil war history or medical history.

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Dublin, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lots of history here...this used to be an old civil war hospital for soldiers with lots of pics and real uniforms on display...

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We arrived when it opened at 1:00 and stayed til it closed at 4:00. The self guided tour capture our interest - every room was full of treasures. The history of the place was shown on all three floors, included its history as a train depot and tavern, then as a Grand Hotel, then it's stint as a Civil War... More 

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Fayetteville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Our son just finished up a home school unit on the Civil War and we wanted to let him see it in "real life." The building isn't that big but we spent several hours looking at the exhibits from the three different eras this hotel lived through. Several times I felt the hairs rise on my neck, as if a... More 

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