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Address: 400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
Phone Number: 15408322944
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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

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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this was very interesting, you can go eat barbque in town then go visit this place. Had a lot about medical history in the war

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mulvane, Kansas
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Mulvane, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this was very interesting, you can go eat barbque in town then go visit this place. Had a lot about medical history in the war

1 Thank rdswil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is still improving but overall, is very interesting. The lady at the front, Angel, was knowledgeable and friendly. The array artifacts was surprising because of the museum size-small but packed with history. Our young kids (7 and under) are used to learning about history and visiting historical sites so they did fine. Some may feel it could easily... More 

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San Carlos
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Civil War Medical Museum was a great find! We were just passing through and decided to check it out. Three floors each described something different that the building was used for: hotel, hospital, schoolhouse, courtroom. My favorite was the medical stuff. It's amazing that what they did so long ago with patient admin is still what we do today.... More 

1 Thank Edith B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little museum that is still in progress of improving their individual rooms. 2 nd and top floors are better that the ground floor . It was a testimonial to incidents and the goings on as a hospital during the civil war near a rail road. Very up close displays of true artifacts. Sit on the porch on the second... More 

1 Thank Bbmizrahi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. We learned a lot about the medical aspect of the Civil War and the history of the area. The old hotel has been very well restored. Also learned a little bit about the hauntings of the hotel.

1 Thank Christine S
San Carlos, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This was worth the trip; we had three floors to explore and learn about this hotel which served as a hospital & the Civil War. I was amazed at the explanation and history of the Confederate Flag! It definitely shed a new light than what it is used for nowadays! At the same time, there was a paranormal expo of... More 

1 Thank Richard H
The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

It took us about an hour to takee the self guided tour of the museum. It is rich in 19th century history, The building started out as a tavern and then, after a fire, was rebuilt as a lodge for railroad passengers who had to change trains in Gordonsville. During the Civil War it served as a receiving hospital. After... More 

3 Thank SteveBressi
Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Truly a "must-visit" for anyone with interest in the civil war, or even history in general. A very well-run, thoughtful museum, with insights into medical care for both battle-related and non battle-related conditions. This makes the Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville a different type of war site. It's more reflective, more contemplative. There were no battles here, yet the distinct consequences... More 

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Dayton, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Well, we were hoping to experience some paranormal activity (#15 in the US for activity according to The Travel Channel) and while at least 1 of us felt some heaviness, no ghosts were seen in any pictures... This was interesting with a lot to read on the walls. Taking a 5 and 3 yr old was probably not the best... More 

1 Thank ProfHannah
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you are in the area and have the time, go see this Museum. We decided the $10 admission was well worth it. Plan enough time to be able to read the well done signage that describes everything there. Probably not a great place for young children as they would get restless as you tried to make your visit worth... More 

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