Attractions & Museums Discover Gordonsville Formally a prosperous railroad junction and the center of commerce for Orange County, this quaint town, officially named Gordonsville in 1813, is located northeast of Charlottesville. Beautiful historic homes, churches and businesses surround the town’s historic Main Street.
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Just 19 miles from Charlottesville, Downtown Gordonsville, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers shops, restaurants and historic sites. While walking down the well cared for streets of Gordonsville, shoppers can visit a plethora of charming specialty boutiques with everything from high fashion and jewelry to housewares and artisan goods. Love antiques? The town is home to a variety of wonderful antique collectors. You are sure to find something great! While downtown, visit the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum and learn about how a once lavish hotel that greeted railroad travelers was transformed into a hospital during the Civil War. Take a self-guided tour through the museum’s three floors of exhibits or consider an evening tour by candlelight, exploring why the museum is believed to be haunted to this day. The town is also home to an array of restaurants, from famous southern barbeque to elegant French cuisine. For the sweet-toothed lovers, the town’s bakeries and ice cream spots are sure to delight during the Virginia summer heat. During the summer, you can cool off at the Dix Memorial Pool in Verling Park, the only public pool in Orange County. Verling Park also offers a tennis court, playground and pavilion that are open to the public. Love wine? Visit many of the scenic vineyards in the area to enjoy tastings, stunning views and unique events while you sip on local wine. Beautiful inns nearby offer charming southern ambiance, mirroring your other Gordonsville adventures. Whether you love a good ghost story or just want to experience the charm of this quaint town in the daylight, there is plenty to love and explore in Gordonsville.
Touring Tip: The Exchange Hotel takes at least an hour to explore during a self-guided tour. For spookier tours, the museum is open to the public on certain Friday nights. Visit hgiexchange.com for more information. 16
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