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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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Wonderful Museum

Wonderful museum, lots of history from the beginning of the building up to current day. Plan on a... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Y4814RHmaryk
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Warren, Michigan
Great museum

We visited this museum on our anniversary weekend. Much to our surprise it was very enjoyable and... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Nancy L
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Old Forge, Pennsylvania
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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 September 2017

Wonderful museum, lots of history from the beginning of the building up to current day. Plan on a good hour or two if you really want to absorb it all. But it is well worth it.

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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum on our anniversary weekend. Much to our surprise it was very enjoyable and informative. The woman at the desk, who is also on the board, was very informative. BTW- it's suppose to be haunted. No sightings notes at this time.

Thank Nancy L
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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum, thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped by this wonderful historical medical museum and was very impressed by the amazing exhibits, cute gift shop and the sweetest Angel who is the Administrator there. Highly recommended that you stop in for a self guided tour and check out the gift shop!...More

Thank Jessica L
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MuseumAdmin, Administrator at Civil War Medical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum. Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

I planned a birthday trip for my best friend 2 months ago. We traveled 2 hours to Gordonsville only to find the museum closed. I thought I had misread the hours on the webpage, but when I looked again, they were supposed to be open...More

Thank Elizabeth F
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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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

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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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