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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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Excellent presentation of local history

The historic hotel served as a hospital during the civil war. The displays highlight locals and the... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Thunder830
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Delran, New Jersey
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A real SLEEPER

This was added to my recent excursion as one of the few Charlottesville area museums on this... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
al_short51
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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 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

3  Thank al_short51
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.

Reviewed 29 May 2017

3 things make this museum unique - it was an inn, a railway hotel, a Civil War hospital and is the 2nd most haunted site in VA - thousands of troops passed thru, hundreds were buried there, Sisters of Charity nursed the wounded. it has...More

1  Thank We-L0VE-Adventure
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thank you so much for your support and the kind review.

Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in history of the area near Charlottesville then this is a good stop. They have many items of interest to people interested in the civil war . The building was also a receiving hospital so if you have any interest in...More

Thank Bill Y
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thank you so much for your review.

Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

3 stories and NOT handicapped accessible. Similar displays at other civil war museums. 10 dollar admission excessive. Not many hospital themed exhibits.

Thank Carrie B
Angel M, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

The museum is listed as not being handicap accessible as it was constructed in 1860. The $10 admission fee is for maintenance and the upkeep of the buildings and grounds as we are a non profit organization run by volunteers. Thank you for your 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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