Temporary Museum Closing
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum will be closed until further notice starting Tuesday March 24th, we are greatly disappointed that we’re closing but our greatest concern is for the health and safety of our Visitors & Staff. We will keep everyone updated as things unfold. Once again we are terribly sorry for the closure but we are following Centers for Disease Control & Virginia Department of Health guidelines & safety procedures to help stop the spread of the virus.
This is going to hurt our business tremendously, if anyone would like to make a tax deductible donation to our non-profit organization, hit the donate button below. Any donation is greatly appreciated.
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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, and the railroads became a supply route transporting troops, supplies, and the wounded to Gordonsville.
On March 1862, the Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and provided care for over 70,000, both Confederate and captured Union soldiers.
Between 1865 and 1877 during the reconstruction period, the hospital provided care and education to the newly freed slaves as a Freedmen’s Bureau. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this elegant building returned to its role of the hotel.