The Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel

This beautifully restored Greek revival structure was built as a railroad hotel in 1860.

Before the Civil War, The Exchange Hotel, with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda, welcomed passengers from two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Orange Alexandria Railroad. During the war soldiers, supplies and the wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The hotel became The Receiving Hospital, which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, Confederate and Union. During the reconstruction period, this hospital served newly freed slaves as a Freedman’s Bureau Hospital. The museum presents several re-enactments year round. Please visit the museum website to see current happenings.

Contact Information

Phone: (540) 832-2944
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm | Fri 12pm-4pm | Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 1pm-4pm
Address: 400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942

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