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Description - This park preserves the site where Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865. These events marked the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. Today this national park encompasses approximately 1,700 acres of rolling hills in rural, central Virginia. Historic structures on site include the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of Appomattox Court House, the former county seat for Appomattox County.

Recreation - A good place to orient yourself, and discover the many recreation opportunities that lie within the park, is the visitor center. Here you'll find interpretive displays, museum exhibits, a bookstore and reconstructed historical village. The Visitor Center is open daily throughout the year, but closed on federal holidays from November through February.

Guided and unguided activities are available throughout the park. From Memorial Day until Labor Day the National Park offers a full schedule of daily programs, including living history, ranger talks and audiovisual programs. During the off season only audiovisual programs are available.

Picnicking is permitted in designated areas only. There are no camping facilities within the park, but several private campground lie in close proximity. All pets must be on a leash within the park.

Wheelchair accessible areas include all parking areas, the Courthouse/visitor center, bookstore, restrooms, drinking fountains and living history programs. A Braille map and folder, captioned slide program and large print brochures are available upon request. Wheelchairs are available for use in the historic village and a stair climber is available at the McLean House.

Climate - This region experiences hot and humid weather during the summer months with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. December, January and February are the coldest months. Long spring and fall seasons are pleasant with moderate temperatures.

Location - The park lies two miles northeast of the town of Appomattox, Virginia,on State Highway 24, in the central region of the state.

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Filed By: Amanda Webster (Appomattox, Va)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I live in Appomattox and going to the surrender grounds brings peace to my busy adolescent schedule. It's very peaceful and full of history. They have a hiking trail that almost anyone can be comfortable with, a museum inside the courthouse with very interesting artifacts, and the park isn't crowded in any way. There are plenty of places to picnic.(My favorite:) There are also living history people who give talks throughout the day and are very polite and informative. Appomattox Court House is a great place for learning about our nation's history or just to take a break. (Also, the Wayside is great for picnics and family reunions. It's a place by the Appomattox river about 200 yds. down the road from the park.)

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Contact Information:
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, P.O. Box 218 , Appomattox, VA, 24522, Phone: 434-352-8987
, joe_williams@nps.gov

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Virginia National Forests & Parks - Virginia is home to some of the most popular national parks and national forests in the Eastern United States.
Virginia's HIstoric Sties -

Appomattox National Historic Park - Official agency Website


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