Plan Your Visit
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- The 1860’s Train Depot is currently closed to the public and is undergoing renovation.
The Museum is open every day year-round except Fridays and all major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
During our Winter hours, the Museum will be closed on Wednesdays.
Museum hours are subject to change. Please call ahead on the day in which you plan to visit.
Tours at the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum are self-guided, and guests are allowed free roam of the Museum. Guests can purchase tickets in our gift shop on the day of their visit.
Children 8 – 12 years $3.00
Children 7 and under Free
What will we see on the tour?
The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum contains exhibitions on the history of Gordonsville as a railroad town, the elegance of the Exchange Hotel and its transformation and remarkable history as the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital.
Three floors of displays in this 1860 railroad hotel retake visitor in time. The Georgian architecture with its verandas and second-floor entry steps are reminiscent of the Hotel days of a bygone era.
Period furnishings and surgical artifacts remind the visitor of the eras when the building served as a Hotel and then as a Battlefield Receiving Hospital-the scene of untold agony and death, the building survived the conflict and is the only Receiving Hospital still standing in Virginia.
On display are world-renowned collections of artifacts relating to medical care during the Civil War. Among the many objects currently on display are surgical instruments used by Confederate Medical Staff, various pharmaceutical bottles, containers, medical knapsacks, panniers, stretchers, litters, prosthetic devices, and dental tools.
After the Civil War, the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital began reconstruction. During that time the hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman’s Bureau. Original letters that students wrote to their teacher, documents from court cases held in the building during that period are on display.
How long does it take to complete the tour?
A complete walk-thru can take at least 1 hour or more to explore three floors of exhibits. To appreciate the full impact of the Museum and the role of the Exchange Hotel in American History, we encourage you to take your time at each exhibit. There is no rush.
Tour fees assist us in doing further restorations on the Museum, Summer Kitchen, and our 1860s Train Depot as well as other operational expenses. The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum is privately owned and operated by Historic Gordonsville, Inc.; a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Exchange Hotel and its history as a former Civil War Receiving Hospital. Historic Gordonsville, Inc. does not receive funding directly from the county, city, state or federal government and depends on financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
We are at 400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia 22942
GPS Coordinates are: 38.1390938, -78.1882781
Public parking is available at the rear of the Museum. From Martinsburg Avenue, take a left onto South Main Street. Continue over the railroad tracks. The park lot entrance will be on your left.