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Exchange Hotel & Civil War Museum

400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
540-832-2944
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Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A railroad hotel built in 1860 that became a hospital during the Civil War.
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Hudson, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this civil war museum. Very informative and well preserved. The info they provide about this hotel being a civil war hospital was very well done. Worth the visit

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Three Bridges, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went with 2 kids 11 and 12 on a whim. We all ended up finding it really interesting. There are a lot of great pieces and great informational plaques.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My husband and sons love history especially from the Civil War. I love it too because they do. We were just passing through from another town and decided to stop. What a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed it so much. It was really well put together and had representations from more than the Civil War era. I would definitely visit again.

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Saegertown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This museum is off the beaten path but well worth a visit. Located on a rail line , prior to the Civil War the Exchange Hotline was a stopover for passengers. During the war it became a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Later the Union turned it into a Friedman's Bureau. The many rooms in the Hotel/Museum have been turned into... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were astounded at the beautifully maintained property and the richness of the decor. Loaded with antiques and authentic Civil War hospital supplies, the staff was most knowledgable and captivated us throughout our visit. We will visit whenever we are in the area.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While vacationing at Shenandoah Crossing (Gordonsville, VA), our family decided to visit the Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum in the quaint city of Gordonsville. We were greeted promptly and given information about the Hotel and its Civil War roots. This is a self guided tour. We were treated to 3 floors of history regarding the hotel for railroad travelers,... More

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Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

They have done an excellent job in furnishing and providing interpretive signs to tell the fascinating story of this tavern, Civil War hospital, train hotel, and private home. We had children through retirees in our group, and all enjoyed.

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I would highly recommend this museum. There is no guided tour of the hotel but the lady who sold our tickets did a very thorough job of explaining the history. In each room of the two story hotel there are detailed explanations of the particular uses of the room and also of things in the room. Your tour can take... More

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Chester, Va
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I was raised on the Civil War with a history teacher for a father and a park historian brother. We stopped at this small privately run museum on a weekend trip and were presently surprised. Each room is devoted to a different part of the building's history. Interesting artifacts and displays are part of the self guided tour. The staff... More

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Monterey, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We visited this museum as part of the Virginia Home and Garden tour. If you like Civil War history this place is a must see. What served as a hotel for railroad passengers became a hospital during the war. The history of the hospital, the artifacts and displays focus on the medical care of the soldiers which the squeamish may... More

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