A Town at the Crossroads of History
Gordonsville is a charming southern town of quaint shops, galleries, and critically acclaimed restaurants, and well noted Civil War museum, at the Exchange Hotel. With its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda which welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. 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. Recently, the hotel has had many visitors interested in the "permanent residents" inhabiting the premises and the hotel has been featured on two episodes of "My Ghost Story" as well as in other publications. Come see for yourself and experience where "History comes alive."
Boasting a unique place in the history of America, nestled between the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence (Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello) and the Constitution (James Madison’s Montpelier) and proudly a part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a unique, historic and scenic region with farms, orchards, woodlands, forests, rivers and streams, rolling hills and mountain views that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, on foot or horseback.
Gordonsville is approximately 18 miles northeast of Charlottesville; 41 miles west of Fredericksburg; 54 miles northwest of Richmond; and 93 miles southwest of our Nation’s Capital, and just moments away from Barboursville and Horton Vineyards.