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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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An often overlooked site of Civil War history

The first time we visited Gordonsville, Virginia, several years ago, after touring Montpelier, the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
Very Interesting Civil War Medical Museum

I have a friend whose ancestor died during the Civil War when he was being treated here. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PBM760
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Aiken, South Carolina
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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 2 days ago

The first time we visited Gordonsville, Virginia, several years ago, after touring Montpelier, the Civil War Medical Museum hadn't been established yet. It was just a hotel that had been turned into a hospital during the war and Civil War buffs could envision what it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a friend whose ancestor died during the Civil War when he was being treated here. It is very interesting and arranged well. A must see when you are in the area, if you have any interest in history.

Thank PBM760
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The museum lets you see what it was like to travel through Virginia on the train in the early 1800's. Also, it reminds you of the horrific cost of the Civil War in lives with the medical museum. You can also see the beginning of...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This museum had a very large collection of Cival War relics. There was a fascinating collection of bullets, arms, medical supplies and equipment, letters written by soldiers being cared for, and much more. Great place to visit for history buffs and students.

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 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

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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.

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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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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
19 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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