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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

For Teachers

On this page, teachers can: 1) Learn about an orientation DVD available to them; 2) Obtain a copy of the park's teacher packet; 3) Gain access to Lesson Plans; and 4) Learn how to schedule a field trip to the park, including how to request a fee waiver.

1. Teachers may request to borrow a copy of the park's two orientation videos, "Honor Answers Honor" and "The Appomattox Campaign" available on DVD. Each program is about 15 minutes in length. Contact the education coordinator, Ranger Brandon Chamberlain, to make the request. This offering is free, but please return the DVD so others may use it and this offering can remain free.

2. The park's teacher packet is intended to provide background information about how the armies came to meet at Appomattox Court House, and what brought about the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. There are also copies of historic documents, study questions, and learning activities for young learners. This is a .pdf file that is intended for educational purposes and may be copied in part, or in total.

3. Lesson Plans meeting national and Virginia Standards of Learning are available to teachers and home schoolers at no charge through the Curriculum Materials link.

4. To avoid "double bookings," field trips should be scheduled with the educational coordinator, Ranger Brandon Chamberlain. Please refer to the "Appomattox Group Reservation Form" to see if your group qualifies for a fee waiver. Call (or leave a message) with Ranger Chamberlain with the date and time before submitting the reservation form. If you have to leave a message, he will return your call as soon as possible. It is important to avoid double booking. Thank you for your help.

Important Notes:

  • Print out these take along directions to ensure a timely arrival.
  • The park is an outdoor site, much of your visit will be either outside or in unheated buildings. Please have students dress appropriately. If it looks like rain on your scheduled date, please call the park to discuss rescheduling.
  • The park does have a bookstore and gift shop. Many small items like postcards, flags, facsimile currency, etc. are available. Please let us know if your group plans to shop, and allow extra time for it during your visit.
  • The park does not have a picnic area. Groups may eat their lunches in the parking lot (there is a large open grassy area here). Please ensure all trash is picked up.

Educational Resources contact: Ranger Brandon Chamberlain preferably via e-mail or at 434-352-8987 x 231

Mail may be addressed to:
Appomattox Court House NHP
Attn: Brandon Chamberlain
P.O. Box 218
Appomattox, VA 24522

The"Appomattox Group Reservation Form"

Did You Know?

Lt. Colonel Charles Marshall (left), Chief Justice John Marshall (right)

Colonel Charles Marshall, Lee's aide-de-camp, was the great-nephew of Chief Justice John Marshall. Charles Marshall chose the site of the surrender meeting and was the only Confederate present in the McLean House besides General Lee.