The old Exchange Hotel & Civil War Hospital Located in Gordonsville, Virginia
Your host for the night is Haunted Heartland Tours owner, Sherri Brake. With over thirty years of experience in the field of the paranormal and thousands of investigations under her paranormal belt, she will be there all night to help you explore and investigate.
Civil War Hospital * Old Hotel * Museum * Historic Property
In 1997, A&E and the History Channel named this the 15th Most Haunted Location America
THE HISTORY: Built in 1860, The Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville, Virginia, was built next to an important railroad junction. The Exchange Hotel offered a welcome stopping place for weary passengers on the Virginia Central Railroad. As with any building's history, there are darker aspects to it and with this hotel, it isn't lacking in dark and bloody history. The main building is athree story hotel located at a train station where people had to change trains when traveling and many had to remain overnight. At various times this building has served as a hospital, saloon, hotel and school.
The hotel soon after served as a receiving hospital for Civil War soldiers that were wounded at area battlefields. In one year alone, they admitting more than 23,000 sick and wounded . By war's end more than 70,000 men had been treated at the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and just over 700 would be buried on its surrounding grounds. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and now houses an amazing museum of artifacts, medical equipment and firearms. It is considered to be America’s first triage hospital. The wounded were evaluated as they came in. The non-ambulatory would be laid in rows on the front lawn and the doctors would decide whether they would be checked into this hospital or moved on to Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Richmond hospitals.
THE HAUNTINGS: It's long been said that this location is haunted. Is it any wonder? Numerous apparitions, items moving, unexplained voices and many documented experiences have graced the hallways, rooms and grounds of the old hotel. Come and explore it for yourself!
This is a small size intimate investigation. We will limit it to 25 souls, ages 18 and over. Included in the cost of admission is a brief tour, snacks, beverages and bottled water. You will have time for "on your own" investigating of the main hotel building and the summer kitchen building and grounds. Around 700 bodies were buried on the grounds, these poor souls who perished from disease or fatal wounds. They were "removed" from the grounds. AND yet, we know how that can go sometimes. Right?
Gordonsville, Virginia. A town at the crossroads of history. It's a charming southern town of quaint shops, galleries, and great restaurants and oh, yeah, that haunted Exchange Hotel! The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Union & Confederate. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau Hospital. The 12th presdient of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born nearby at Montebello, a plantation. A historical marker shows the site.
Plan the weekend! Gordonsville is approximately 18 miles northeast of Charlottesville; 41 miles west of Fredericksburg; 54 miles northwest of Richmond; and 93 miles southwest of DC, and just moments away from Barboursville, Virginia. Visit Honah Lee Winery,Horton Vineyards eat some great barbecue at the Barbecue Exchange across the street from the Exchange Hotel. We had it and it's amazing!
Need lodging? May we suggest Uphill B& B in Gordonsville The 1804 Inn of Barboursville Vineyards in nearby Barboursville- just 7 miles from our ghosthunt Best Western Plus at Zion Crossroads- Just 8 miles south of our ghosthhunt Or depending on what direction you are driving from, Charlottesville, Virginia is about 18 miles away.
Cancellation Policy: no refunds for guest cancellations but if we need to cancel the entire event, we will issue a full refund within 30 days. If you need to cancel, you can always re sell your spot or transfer to a willing soul. Please let us know of the name change for our guest list. Email us here.