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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

225-0008 Exchange Hotel

Exchange Hotel
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VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 08/14/1973

NPS property number 73002046

This Gordonsville landmark is a forerunner of the large railroad hotels that played an important role in the transportation history of late 19th and early 20th century America. The galleried structure was built in 1860 for Richard F. Omohundro next to an important railroad junction. It served as a popular stopping place for travelers until the outbreak of hostilities when, because of its strategic location, it became part of the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital, admitting more than 23,000 sick and wounded in less than a year. The scene of untold agony and death, the building survived the conflict. It again became a hotel after the war and enjoyed a fine reputation until the 1940s when it went into decline. Historic Gordonsville, Inc. acquired and restored the building in the 1970s. It now serves as the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated May 29, 2019