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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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Packed with info!

A quaint little building that is packed with information! There is something for everyone in this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
angelajulius
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Bovey
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Informative and interesting

We enjoyed all the text accompanying the photos and memorabilia at this museum. We learned quite a... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Helen711
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Atlanta, Georgia
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

A quaint little building that is packed with information! There is something for everyone in this self-guided museum. Could easily spend hours here looking at the various exhibits. Cute little gift shop as well. I’d recommend stopping if you’re in the area!

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We enjoyed all the text accompanying the photos and memorabilia at this museum. We learned quite a bit about medical practices during the war (this building doubled as a hospital during the Civil War), as well as how trains transported people from one place to...More

Thank Helen711
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Nice little museums which has some interesting facts. I was looking more for the history pertaining to the medical practices of the civil war which is discussed on the third floor. This museum also shares the history of the building as first the hotel for...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. This building had seen several different uses prior to and after civil war. We recommend it.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

While it is a self guided tour things are labeled where it is very self explanatory. Get an idea of just how primitive medicine was in this era.

Thank 106janaj
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Self guided tour. It is a small museum that has had a couple different lives through the years. A medical hospital for the confederacy during civil war is the focus of this museum. Interesting and it does show other aspects of life during that era.

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MuseumAdmin, Owner at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you so much for your review.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

It is exactly what it says, a museum dedicated to medicine during the civil war. It is small and run by volunteers. Proceeds go to keeping the museum open. The self guided tour through multiple rooms presents a nice representation of medicine of the age...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

We have visited the Exchange many times but finally got the chance to spend the night investigating the paranormal there. Angel May is such an outstanding person and host, we had a great time and gathered some very cool evidence.

Thank Dick S
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

This place is exactly what the tile says "a Civil War Medical Museum". Don't expect to come here and compare it to other museums in large cities. This is all about medical history and medical devices used in during the Civil War Era in this...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and learned more about our valuable history. There are over 700+ names in our death roster and we are adding to it every year as we further our research.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

This structure was a train station, hotel and civil war hospital at various times in its history. It was a very interesting and intriguing (if not somewhat gruesome) historical site to visit. Well worth the effort! It pays to take your time in each room...More

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

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svh50
23 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
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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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