• The village of Appomattox Court House from the west, the McLean House is on the right.

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

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  • The McLean House front porch is closed, but the house remains open.

    The front porch of the McLean House is being renovated requiring entry into the house through the back door.

History Trail Program for Scouts

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Scout History Trail Procedures for Boy/Girl Scouts

To schedule a troop visit to the park, please contact the park education coordinator at the address or phone number listed below. Please indicate preferred date(s), time of day, and number in the group.

Address: Education Coordinator Phone number: 434-352-8987 ext. 231
Appomattox Court House NHP
P.O. Box 218
Appomattox, VA 24522

If the troop is interested in completing the Boy/Girl Scout History Trail Service Project, please inform the education coordinator when making a reservation. The scout service project includes picking up trash and debris in designated park areas and trails and answering questions about the history and natural resources in those areas. A patch is available upon project completion. The project takes about 5 hours to complete. Park hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Groups should plan to start as early as possible.

The park requests that a volunteer sign-up sheet be turned in at the time of your visit listing the names of all those donating time to the park. A sign-up sheet is available from the education coordinator.

Park entrance fees are as follows: 15 and under are free, adults pay $3.00 or maximum $5 per vehicle (fall-spring); adults pay $4.00 or maximum $10 per vehicle (summer). If a troop is completing the service project, entrance fees are waived.

Instructions for Visit Day:

1. Check in at the Visitor Center. Hand in your participant list and pick up question sheets, maps and trash bags.

2. Begin your day by driving to the Lee's Headquarters Wayside. Start at Lee's Headquarters and follow the directions on the History Trail Question Sheet. As you walk the trails, pick up trash and remove fallen branches from the path.

3. After walking the History Trail, drive across the highway to the Confederate Cemetery and complete the rest of the History Trail questions.

4. Go over all answers with the scouts before turning in packets. If anyone has a question, please ask a park ranger. (Note: Park rangers will not give out answers, but may provide assistance.)

5. Once the trail portion of the packet is finished, drive back to the village. Pick up any trash in the parking lot and along the main walkway up towards the Visitor Center. Turn in Section 1 of your packet to be reviewed by a Ranger and pick up Section 2.

6. Start the Village portion of the packet with the exhibits in the Visitor Center. Follow the directions to complete the rest of the Village questions.

7. After completing the village portion of the packet, head back to the Visitor Center to go over Section 2 with a Ranger.

8. Once all the answers have been check, pick up medals / patches for the scouts from the Ranger at the Visitor Center.

There is no food for purchase in the park. Picnic tables are located one mile east of the park entrance at the Appomattox Wayside and at the public library in the town of Appomattox. The Visitor Center information desk has a list of food locations in the town of Appomattox.

Enjoy your time at the park and hiking the trail. Good luck and thank you!

The following links provide scout leaders an opportunity to review the History Trail Program's questionnaires and trail maps prior to your troop's visit:

Trail Questions for Boy & Girl Scouts Trail Questions for Brownies & Cub Scouts

Village Questions for Boy & Girl Scouts Village Questions for Brownies & Cub Scouts

Did You Know?

Thomas Tibbs

Confederate Thomas Tibbs, a lieutenant in the 34th Virginia Infantry, led troops across his family farm during the last battle of Appomattox Court House. He fought in the last battle on his property, located just beyond the village.