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“very interesting place for history buffs”

Civil War Medical Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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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

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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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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The historic hotel served as a hospital during the civil war. The displays highlight locals and the history of the site. Definite must do for history buffs.

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

This was added to my recent excursion as one of the few Charlottesville area museums on this unfortunate part of our past. I did not hold high hopes for it but I found myself very pleasantly surprised and impressed. This is not one of the canned museum tours, you receive some background and then are permitted to wander and absorb the offerings
without the usual nanny. Displays are right out front--you can see them from all angles
without the usual glass boxes. In fact you can smell, and although you shouldn't--even touch them. I found it made for an extremely personal and profound experience. My son and I spent nearly 3-1/2 hours on what I had budgeted for a one hour experience. If this era interests you , I cannot recommend it too highly.
Al and Alex Short. 29 June 2017

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

I am truly glad that you had such a great experience at our museum, thank you so much for your review.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

There are three floors of exhibits on the self-guided tour, reflecting the multiple uses of the building over the last 150+ years. I thought there would be more of an emphasis on Civil War medical treatments but the exhibits were balanced among the other uses, as well, such as hotel, Freedman's Bureau, and school. There was a nice little gift shop, too.

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We love visiting any place containing and informing us of America's history. Tiny place but worth visiting if you are in the area. It serviced both confederate and union.

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review.

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