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.
"The Sweeneys are indeed a wonder!!"
The banjo has become the quintessential American musical instrument. It combines the traditions of the simple stringed gourd from African slaves with the ballads and tunes of the Scotch-Irish and English who settled Virginia. Appomattox County was the birthplace of Joel Sweeney, the man who popularized the 5-string banjo.
Group 3: 4 string slave banjar (reproduction)
Did You Know?
After the fighting ended calls went out for Confederate leaders to be tried for treason. Grant insisted that Lee, who had been paroled at Appomattox, could not be put on trial, and the matter was dropped.