A few photos from a recent “backroads” trip to the town of Gordonsville. What we discovered in Gordonsville was that there was so much history and architecture that it would take several days of exploring to get through all this town and surrounding area has to offer. So, for now, we’ll just share some of the sights we happened upon on the third weekend in May:
The half-hour drive from Charlottesville to Gordonsville takes you through some of the most beautiful country side in Central Virginia, and includes many historic homes as well as places like Castle Hill Cidery and Keswick Vineyards seen here.
As you arrive in Gordonsville, turn onto Main Street and head toward the “downtown” commercial area, it seems as though you’ve stepped back in time with most of the homes and buildings appearing to be from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The Old Exchange Hotel was built prior to the Civil War and served as a hospital during that war, taking care of both Confederate and Union soldiers, numbering near 70,000. After Emancipation it operated as a hospital for freed black slaves in need of care. Today the beautifully maintained building houses a Civil War Museum.
Another look at Main Street, near the C&O bridge which takes the railroad across the center of downtown. The scene appears to be a parade, possibly in the 1920s (building on far right was built in the 1910s).
On a hillside on the outskirts of town is this memorial to the founder of this small town. You can read more about Gordonsville’s history here, but we recommend taking a few hours to stroll the streets, see the old homes and churches, visit the shops, and enjoy some good southern cooking. There’s much more that we didn’t have time to get to, so we’re bound to return soon.