Thursday, May 5, 2016

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Pens used to sign surrender
The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park had much more than we expected. There are about a dozen buildings of the village of Appomattox Court House with a number of them being originals. The two most historically significant, the Court House and the McLean house, are re-creations. All of the buildings are well maintained and many have some kind of exhibit. There is a very informative film shown at the visitor center and some artifacts on display.

McClean House
We learned some details that were not clear in history books or else are just misunderstood. One being that no surrender events took place in the Courthouse building. The village was called Appomattox Court House thus causing the misconception. The actual site of Lee's surrender was the parlor of the McLean House. Many other interesting facts about the days and circumstances of the surrender are taught at the site. It was quite a long drive to get there but worth it.

Reconstructed Courthouse

Clover Hill Tavern - original - 1819

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