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Top 14 Small Cities In Virginia

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11. Gordonsville

Located just outside of Charlottesville in Central Virginia, Gordonsville is the epitome of the quaint little southern town. It is also home to the famous Exchange Hotel which houses the Civil War museum.

However, the Exchange Hotel has a colorful history in itself. Travelers on the Alexandria Railroad and the Virginia Central Railroad sought respite there under its high ceilings in the parlors and relaxed on the grand veranda.
Later it was turned into a hospital where more than 70.000 Union and Confederate soldiers received care.

The reconstruction period saw it as Freedman’s Bureau Hospital, a care facility for newly freed slaves. Today the Exchange Hotel has a different claim to fame – as a haunted hotel. It has been featured on “My Ghost Story” twice and now visitors come to witness the “permanent residents” of the hotel form themselves.

The Shenandoah Crossing Resort is a favorite of travelers offering cabins, rooms in the main house and even yurts. It is located near shopping, dining and several wineries. It is a great get away whether you just need somewhere to set up your base for touring and sightseeing or if you want to kick back, relax and recharge.

According to City Data, the population of Gordonsville is 1,529 and is 100 percent rural. It is a part of the Journey through Hallowed Ground, a scenic, historic region rich in orchards, forests, farms, rolling hills, rivers and streams, mountain views and woodlands. Visitors can explore this breathtaking area in a variety of ways, on foot, by bike, canoe or kayak, on horseback or by car.

The Town of Gordonsville website lists great shopping (including antiques), rich culture, fine dining and performing arts as just some of the activities that visitors can enjoy. There are also several parks, museums, vineyards and some great golfing. Gordonsville offers a fun and relaxing vacation spot that is perfect for the entire family.

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  • John Belrose

    I lived in Wytheville for a few months some years ago, and it was very calm and quiet. If I had a chance to move back there I would in a heartbeat.

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