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Civil War Medical Museum

400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
+1 540-832-2944
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Beautiful day to sit on the porch.

There is so much history in this building. It was well worth the time we were there. We sat on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LindaM173
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Corry
Anniversary vacation getaway

Such an interesting museum with loads of informative plaques on this self guided three story tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
remyakrz
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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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400 S Main St, The Exchange Hotel, Gordonsville, VA 22942-9149
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much history in this building. It was well worth the time we were there. We sat on the porch for awhile between visiting the floors. It was enjoyable to look at downtown Gordonsville and imagine all the events that took place when...More

Thank LindaM173
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such an interesting museum with loads of informative plaques on this self guided three story tour. Could have spent hours there learning more about the place in history this little town of Gordonsville VA, and specifically the Exchange Hotel played during the Civil War. This...More

Thank remyakrz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've now been to the Exchange Hotel and Medical Museum on two occasions. Once for the tour, and I found the history and events that occurred there absolutely fascinating. The guides and employees were wonderful to talk to - they are all very knowledgeable about...More

Thank WaveHunter67
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed both of your visits to our museum. Thank you so much for the review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful museum, lots of history from the beginning of the building up to current day. Plan on a good hour or two if you really want to absorb it all. But it is well worth it.

Thank Y4814RHmaryk
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum on our anniversary weekend. Much to our surprise it was very enjoyable and informative. The woman at the desk, who is also on the board, was very informative. BTW- it's suppose to be haunted. No sightings notes at this time.

Thank Nancy L
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for your kind review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by this wonderful historical medical museum and was very impressed by the amazing exhibits, cute gift shop and the sweetest Angel who is the Administrator there. Highly recommended that you stop in for a self guided tour and check out the gift shop!...More

Thank Jessica L
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 14 September 2017

I planned a birthday trip for my best friend 2 months ago. We traveled 2 hours to Gordonsville only to find the museum closed. I thought I had misread the hours on the webpage, but when I looked again, they were supposed to be open...More

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Fine small collection of civil war era objects and household goods. About an hour of browsing unusual antique furniture, bedding, household items, medical devices, interesting gift shop with local history books, weapons. $10 admission fee supports maintenance of this old three story inn.

Thank solomonknibb
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for the review.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent little museum in a place that was a crossroad for the railroads in Virginia during the civil war. This museum was used as a hotel, a depot and as a hospital during the war. 70,000 soldier were treated here during the...More

Thank Eric K
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for your review.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

this place is full of history about the civil war and also sells civil war artifacts. Would recommend it if your in the area. $10.. charge

Thank mistevens
MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for the review.

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svh50
24 April 2016|
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The confederate cemetery in Gordonsville is on the outskirts of town. Google Maplewood Cemetery Gordonsville, VA for info and directions. According to what I've read, confederate dead were moved there from the hospital... More
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Cynthia D
20 May 2015|
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Response from MuseumAdmin | Property representative |
The museum is only handicap accessible on the first floor. There is a virtual/verbal tour available to those who are handicap.
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