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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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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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If you dont stop you will regret it!

Wow! This place is absolutely awesome. First off, the curator, Angel, was nothing but hospitable, and provided all of the information about the Hotel/Civil War Hospital I wanted... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! This place is absolutely awesome. First off, the curator, Angel, was nothing but hospitable, and provided all of the information about the Hotel/Civil War Hospital I wanted to know. The history of the renovation of this building is absolutely amazing. I had studied Civil War history in college, visited many battlefields and participated in military studies of the War.... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, not handicap accessible. You need to climb two sets of stairs to see the whole thing. Some good displays but some are reproductions and some not authentic. For instance, a copper bathtub with holes for the spout and hot and cold water. Not authentic for this time period. A lot of reading on posters on the walls. Some were... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is friendly. It is a small museum that is growing step by step. Interesting original artifacts. The train station next door is currently being renovated and will be interesting when it is complete.

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are looking forward to the completion of the renovation. More 

Goochland, Virginia
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on the ghost tour in the beginning of April. Our tour guide was Missy Sykes. She explained in detail about the three buildings on the property as well as told us about the ghostly inhabitants in each one. I learned much history and even saw a few hijinks from the spirits that still occupy the premises. The tour... More 

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, we are glad that you had a wonderful experience. More 

Chesapeake,VA
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The museum provided insight on medical care provided during the Civil War and the common injuries and causes of death during that time

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

If you love history , Civil War history , this is a must see museum. The hotel served as a hospital during the Civil War and offers a unique perspective into that side of the war. The museum offers self guided tours and allows all the time you may need to read all the info and tour the grounds. Angel... More 

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much, hope to see you at one of our night tours. More 

Awendaw, South Carolina
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Great customer service, great visit. A lot of history and building is very well kept. Very clean and affordable. Attendant took extra time to share history with my kids and was really friendly!!!!

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

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Lancaster, New York
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51 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

After going to Montpelier and two wineries, my husband and I decided to stop at The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum. We really enjoyed our time there. There were so many original medical equipment items. Items that you would not normally see anywhere else. The descriptions and details that were listed about the items and the people who treated... More 

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

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New York
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260 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Was passing through Gordonsville and saw sings for the Medical Museum. Overall I must admit it was better than expected. They had numerous displays explaining the history of the building as well as a lot of material on the development of battlefield medicine during the Civil War. The building was also pretty creepy, and I wouldn't be surprised if it... More 

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. More 

Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

We did the Friday night Ghost Tour which also gave us a glimpse of the historic displays inside. The tour was run by people who took the spirit visitations very seriously and not trying to just make a buck off of it. While we did not encounter any ghostly events (doesn't happen on call) they gave us a good education... More 

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Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this review

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