Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
The location of one of the most dramatic moments in the nation's history, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park features original and reconstructed 19th-century buildings. The park's star attraction is the building where General Robert E. Lee signed the Confederate surrender, effectively ending the American Civil War. Spanning over 530 hectares (1,300 acres), the park includes an area originally covered by an antebellum village that was once an important stagecoach stop on the Richmond-Lynchburg stage road. Take a self-guided tour through the historic village. Exhibits tell the story of that era. You'll see everything from the pencil used by General Lee to make a correction to the surrender terms to authentic Civil War uniforms and weapons. Put Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Appomattox tourist route planner.
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  • My wife and I visited here as part of our first road trip after moving to the US from the UK. The Rangers are incredibly helpful, the location has been brilliantly restored and it tells the story of t...  read more »
  • I grew up in VA but had never been to Appomattox. It was nice to visit on a return trip to the state. This is a well preserved and well curated national historic site. The displays are interesting and...  read more »
  • This was a superb experience and as a bonus it was absolutely free. Visited on a really nice Wednesday when it was looking its best. Really good presentation from a guy acting the part of a confederat...  read more »
  • Take a step back in time. We visited here in June 2016 and were amazed at how lovely and serene the park is. The film inside the reconstructed court house and the Living History reenactor were well worth the time. Just stroll the grounds to get a feel of what it must have been prior to the war, so lovely and serene. Visit the McLean House to see where the surrender took place.
  • The hours listed are wrong. The park is open 9-5 7 days a week. See the NHP site for proper info.
  • The volunteer who gave the tour was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed our visit. The grounds and architecture are well kept and awe-inspiring. Not to mention the scenic vistas of Virginian backwoods.
  • A must visit place. Location where Lee surrendered his Army.
  • The site was interesting to see. I think being there helped us step back in time and imagine the surrender. I didn't care for the "ranger" tour given by a volunteer. First it was described as a 40 minute lecture but was more like 75 mins. As an adult that wouldn't have been a problem, but my teens were so done by the time it was over. This was the first historical site that my kids complained about the lecture usually they eat them up. Part of the problem might have been the lecture was basically a dry rehashing of the video we had just watched in the center. Also the lecture was interspersed with plenty of the volunteer's personal views. I found his views to be offensive and based on selective choices he preferred to highlight. One story he shared about General Lee I found charming so I looked it up when I went home. After I researched it was clear he had presented a skewed view clearly in favor of Lee. It really is doing a disservice to the public when they have speakers that present information that is not historically correct.
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