The Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum Distance from Orange: 10 miles, Route 20 South
This beautifully restored Greek Revival structure was built as a railroad hotel in 1860. It served as a military hospital during the Civil War and was especially active during the Battle of the Wilderness. Special exhibits and reenactments -- both military and medical -- make history come alive.
400 S. Main St.,
Distance from Orange: 15 miles, Route 20, toward Fredericksburg
Lee and Grant clashed at the Wilderness for the first time on May 5-6, 1864. This vicious engagement resulted in 26,000 casualties and marked Grant's first step toward Appomattox.
A battlefield tour begins at the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter on Route 20, 1 mile west of the Route 3 intersection.