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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, VA

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The McLean House where General Lee surrendered to General Grant
The McLean House where General Lee surrendered to General Grant

It was in the parlor of the McLean House that General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant on April 9, 1865.

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The park bookstore is located in the Clover Hill Tavern Kitchen building.
The park bookstore is located in the Clover Hill Tavern Kitchen building.

The ca. 1820 Tavern Kitchen serves as the park bookstore today. This store is run by Eastern National and a portion of the profits come back to park to support educational programming. Here visitors can purchase books, postcards, and novelty items specific to Appomattox Court House.

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The courthouse building serves as the park Visitor Center today.
The courthouse building serves as the park Visitor Center today.

It is confusing that the name of the entire village is Appomattox Court House because the famous Lee-Grant meeting happened in the McLean House, in the village of Appomattox Court House. There is though a courthouse building that today houses the park Visitor Center, but it is not where the surrender happened. Hint: Court House, two words is a town, courthouse, one word is a building.

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Parole passes for the Confederate soldiers were printed in the Clover Hill Tavern where printing demos are still done today.
Parole passes for the Confederate soldiers were printed in the Clover Hill Tavern where printing demos are still done today.

Inside the Clover Hill Tavern on April 10, 1865, Federal soldiers printed 30,000 parole passes that would be filled out and issued to nearly all of the soldiers serving under General Lee at Appomattox. Today, particularly during the summer months, visitors can see printing demonstrations of how the passes were made on hand cranked military presses.

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Each April, the Laying Down of Arms ceremony is recreated on a small scale in the village.
Each April, the Laying Down of Arms ceremony is recreated on a small scale in the village.

Every April the Laying down of Arms ceremony is recreated on a small scale. It was originally done on April 12, 1865 and was what was required of the Confederates in order to be paroled and allowed to go home.

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First person Living History programs provide fascinating perspectives of the surrender story.
First person Living History programs provide fascinating perspectives of the surrender story.

The Living History Program at the park typically runs during the summer months. There are several people that lived in the village in 1865 that are portrayed. These interpreters speak as though it is still 1865 and can provide visitors their version of what happened here "just a few months ago" and what it means to them.

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

On Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an...[more]

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
111 National Park Drive
Appomattox, VA 24522
Email:ernie_price@nps.gov

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is located in south central Virginia approximately 95 miles west of Richmond and 22 miles east of Lynchburg.  The main visitor parking area is located on Va. Rt. 24, 2 miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Appomattox of off U.S. 460. The closest airport is in Lynchburg, Virginia, 22 miles (40.3 km) west.  Tour groups are welcome and bus parking is available at the site. Groups are requested to contact the park for reservations at least 30 days prior to arrival. 434-352-8987 ext. 231.
 

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