Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox

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#6 of 92 in Nature in Virginia
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. Plan to visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park during your Appomattox vacation using our convenient Appomattox driving holiday planner.
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  • My first time here. Well worth the time. If history/Civil War is interesting to you, this is a must.  more »
  • Every American knows (or should know) teh US Coivil War effectively ended in Appomattox Court House with teh syurrender of the COnfedefrate Army of Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses Grant. But since th...  more »
  • This place was and is a wonderful place to visit. Its very peaceful as it should be. To be able to stand where Lee, Grant, Sheridan and all the rest is an amazing feeling. The Park Rangers are very po...  more »
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  • This location is definitely worth a visit. There are several historically relevant areas, as well as a lot of information on the area and period. The visitors' center has an upstairs museum like exhibit, which walks one through the Civil War, striking an excellent balance between broad understanding and striking details. There is also a small theater where they play 'With Malice Towards None' which speaks of Appomattox's role in the events of the Civil War. There are maps and the Rangers are willing to answer questions, as well as accessible bathrooms and water fountains. It is not far from the Civil War museum and local accommodations.
  • Appomattox Court House is a great spot to stop and learn about our national history. This is were the Civil War officially ended. There are several different buildings that you can explore and a good museum. Highly recommend taking a tour with a park ranger. We had two park rangers for tour guides and they were dressed in antebellum attire and played the part of residents of Appomattox Court House. If you're on a Civil War tour, I suggest you visit Pettersburg first and then come here. The table in the photo is were the signed the agreement to end the war. The house where peace was agreed to (and signed off on) was taken down and traveled around the USA to be displayed. After its tour, it came back and was going to be reconstructed, but the owner went bankrupt and couldn't afford to reconstruct it. So the boards lay in a pile for quite a while. You'll have to visit the site (or google) to learn more!
  • One of the better historical parks. Extensive grounds and several old buildings that made up the old Courthouse and village proper. Interesting film and exhibits as well as a guided tour of the house where the surrender was confirmed. Volunteer ranger that did tour had fascinating stories you will not hear elsewhere.
  • One of the best historical sites to visit in the local area. There's lots to see within the courthouse as well as in the surrounding buildings nearby. They are all well preserved and well taken care of by the National Park staff. They hold special events on special dates, like on April 9 when they do reenactments of the end of the Civil War and have people dress up as Union and Confederate soldiers. The people that work here have a passion for what they do and they are subject matter experts on the park as well as its history. Overall, time well spent not wasted here.
  • My family went to this NPS today and enjoyed our time there. The rangers were patient with my kids doing the Jr. Ranger program and the site is very interesting. The kid's paperwork and the site took a full 3 hours and would could have spent even more time hiking through the fields if we wanted. There is also a Civil War museum at the same exit that we want to check out next time. Picnic tables were also available. This was a very nice educational day with my family.
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