Published on February 23, 2016

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The court house served as a hospital and prison for both sides during the Civil War.  The museum contains graffiti from soldiers and one of the finest collection of artifacts.

Built in 1840, the court house served as a hospital and prison for both the North and the South, during the War Between the States.  Soldiers from both sides have written their names on the walls, and there is other graffiti, including drawings and a curse.  The graffiti also includes the names of northern prisoners captured during the retreat from Gettysburg, as well as those names of southern prisoners taken during the local battles.  The court house serves today as the Old Court House Civil War Museum which houses one of the finest collections of artifacts from the War.  The artifacts include items which soldiers carried as a necessity as well as personal items.  Exhibits and photographs help illustrate the life of the common soldier during the war.  The Museum also has a gift shop with many unique items to choose from as well as a hand-picked selection of books to buy.


Summer: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm;
Winter: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm

Tour Information:

Group and guided tours are available.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

Adults $5; Children $3; Discount for Seniors, AAA, Military, Students.
Active Duty Military and up to 5 family members free.


Old Court House Civil War Museum
20 N. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA 22601