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225-0008 Exchange Hotel

Exchange Hotel
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2020

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VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 08/14/1973

NRHP Reference Number 73002046

This landmark in the Orange County town of Gordonsville 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 then went on to serve as the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum.

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

Updated: July 27, 2022