Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

Historical Sites, Museums, Historical Sites, MuseumsGordonsville, VA

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 Orange & Alexandria Railroad.   Current Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-4pm  

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.

Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

400 South Main Street
Gordonsville, VA 22942

Orange County, VA


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Orange County Tourism and Visitors Bureau
122 E. Main St. Orange, Virginia 22960
540-672-1653 or 877-222-8072
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