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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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1 hour looking at relics of 1800s

Fine small collection of civil war era objects and household goods. About an hour of browsing... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
solomonknibb
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Wonderful small museum

This is an excellent little museum in a place that was a crossroad for the railroads in Virginia... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Eric K
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Ashland, Ohio
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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 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 5 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.

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.

Thank Thunder830
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you for your review.

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...More

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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.

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,...More

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

Thank you so much for your review.

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.

Thank DMZ56
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much for your review.

Reviewed 6 July 2017

This jewel of a small museum, staffed by volunteers, is in a restored Civil War building that has had lives as a railway exchange hotel (hence the name), a Civil War hospital. and a haunted home!. Three stories of very well presented exhibits o Civil...More

Thank ljrkrispes
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit and we thank you so much for your review.

Reviewed 22 June 2017

Often, Civil War tourism is based upon battlefields and exciting stories about heroism and oddities, but what happened to those poor maimed and ailing soldiers left behind by their regiments? Gordonsville is off the beaten path, but the detour can be worth the trip. If...More

Thank Ron B
Angel M, Aministrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Lots of history and unique instruments. Very informative exhibits and about the uses of the building and the history of Gordonsville. Especially like the civil war guns, ammunition and medical instruments on display.

Thank lamoberly68
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for the review.

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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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