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Address: 400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
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
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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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Great museum

Museum features history of the building before, during, and shortly after the war. Well laid out and provides a good representation of both sides of the conflict.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Obie W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum features history of the building before, during, and shortly after the war. Well laid out and provides a good representation of both sides of the conflict.

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Fallston, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a four story building which had been a tavern, a hotel and a Civil War Confederate Hospital. The exhibits in each room dealt with parts of its history. The exhibits were very interesting and had well written posters explaining each exhibit .

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Suffern, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic small museum, full access to all the rooms. A rich history of the Civil War, Confederate and Union. If you like history in an intimate real setting this is a great place to visit.

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louisa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great historical museum...more history than you ever imagined! Very important part of Virginia history! And they are adding more discoveries all the time..!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove by this on our way to a different destination but decided the next day to head back and visit. We never try and miss an opportunity to see civil war sites and we were not disappointed with this one. Lots of interesting information about this hospital and it was very well displayed. Enjoyed our visit very much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit and see all the museum has to offer. The small gift shop has a variety of items, which we was able to purchase some souvenirs from.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small but unique museum with a lot of history and artifacts from the time of the Civil War. I really enjoyed learning about all the stuff there as I went through it. Saw & felt spirits during my walk-through. I am a psychic medium, someone who has the ability to see and talk to the dead. Looking forward to the... More 

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Mulvane, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 

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