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Address: 400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
Phone Number: +1 540-832-2944
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12:00 pm - 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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An Interesting Place.

It was on the way to where I was going so I decided to take a peek. I discovered that this was once a railroad hotel. (I love trains). Also is says... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 31, 2016
JohnBCowgill
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

It was on the way to where I was going so I decided to take a peek. I discovered that this was once a railroad hotel. (I love trains). Also is says Civil War Medical Museum, not all of it is about medics so some may be disappointed, but the rest of the museum is about the history of the... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Really off the beaten path. Good stop for any Civil War buff. Friendly staff. We found the third floor the most interesting.

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Trenton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Visited the museum on a weekday in October. The place was active but not crowded. Very historical. Name say it's a medical museum but much more than that. There were displays not only when the building was a Civil War hospital but also about railroad travel, inns, hotels and life in that time as well. Very enjoyable experience.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting self guided museum. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted. Lots to read and see. Nice little gift shop also. Worth the admission price.

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Cowlesville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Last Civil War Hospital still standing as I understand. It is filled with history and even has special Halloween tours. We have been there several times and find something we missed each time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

The place was beautiful and the little shop was charming. The collection of memorabilia was so interesting and we were able to roam about at our leisure. The house is well taken care of and had so much information to take in. We had a blast.

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Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but has quite a bit of history. Over the years this building was a tavern, train station, hotel, hospital and now a museum. It has a lot of history and rooms set with different instruments used in the hospital along with registry of patients, etc. while other rooms housed furnishings of the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

There is some good history here--interesting to learn about the building's story and general medical practices during the Civil War. Not a great museum, as it was completely self-guided and consisted of reading many, wordy displays. Not all of it is Civil War related either. Some train history here and also local Gordonsville history as well.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The town earned it's name from the chicken they served to people riding the train, who stopped in Gordonsville. This museum is full of very interesting civil war history. It is a self guided tour and you can spend as much time as you like. There were only a few people there when we visited and we spent quite of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 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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