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Old Court House Civil War Museum

20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 542-1145
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Ranked #6 of 17 attractions in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Reston, Virginia
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575 reviews 575 reviews
258 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My family and I enjoyed our self-guided tour through this beautiful old courthouse. My dad, a Civil War re-enactor, was blown away by their collection of bullets, guns, buttons, etc. Definitely take a look and plan to read the literature provided--and ring the bell!

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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58 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Ground floor just small shop and Court house. Up lift or stairs there is a big collection of memorabilia including shells and metal elements off uniforms including buckles, buttons and clasps, some even damaged by bullets. Nice introduction. $5 each small 10% discount for students. The place was a hospital and a prison during the war. If in town do... More

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Bryans Road, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Very friendly attendee located inside main gift shop entrance. She was very informative and provided a great overview of the entire museum prior to entry. the $5 entrance fee was reasonable in my opinion. Numerous artifacts, great artwork, and displays.

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york, pa
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23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This museum is really nice. The 2nd floor has a lot of artifacts. If you are into canon shot and shells, then this is the place for you. There are also belt buckles and some guns. The cool part, to me, was the graffiti that was on some parts of the walls. I would recommend since the price is fair.

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was a gem. We got to tour it as our leisure. The history of the place was fascinating and just being in the original courthouse which later became a stockade for soldiers as well as a POW camp on the front lawn was fascinating. We enjoyed this very much.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
72 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The courthouse itself is amazing! The main area was used as a courthouse and also as a hospital. The upstairs was where the prison was held. Since Winchester switched hands 70 times during the war (two different guides told us that yesterday) the prisoners were both Union and Confederate depending upon who was in charge of Winchester at the time.... More

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Winchester, Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

An amazing collection of civil war memorabilia etchings on the wall by prisoners and a feel for how tough it was for the soldiers. You can get some maps here that will guide you through tours of Winchesters different homes and explain there significance pretty amazing thing to do.

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Durham, North Carolina
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196 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

During the Civil War this courthouse was used as both a prison and a hospital. In my opinion the only thing in the museum worth seeing (it has the same artifacts you see at any other Civil War museum [guns, buttons, cannonballs, bullets, etc] and it's very very small) was the prisoner writings found on the original courthouse walls they... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

It was interesting to walk through the displays and the collections of armament in the courthouse. Good for civil war enthusiasts.

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White Post, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The docent was helpful, but allowed moving around without hovering. The gift shop is excellent for parents looking to pick up inexpensive, history minded items. Anyone who loves history will find this museum to be a nice little treasure.

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