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

    Appomattox Court House

    National Historical Park Virginia

Living History

An actress portraying Mrs. George Peers converses with park visitors.

An actress portraying Mrs. George Peers (with the Peers' Home in the background) converses with park visitors.

NPS photo

Living History programs are a favorite for many visitors to Appomattox Court House NHP. These programs are offered every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Actors/historians/interpreters portray people who were actually in Appomattox Court House in 1865. You may meet a man who lives nearby but served in Lee's army and was paroled "this April past." You may also meet a Federal soldier from the 188th Pennsylvania Infantry who has been assigned to Appomattox as a provost guard (military police). All Living History characters wear authentic period clothing and converse in the manner of their day.

There is typically at least one presenter Monday -Thursday, and often two on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, giving presentations that begin in the visitor center at :50 past the hour (9:50 am - 2:50 pm); but each actor stays in character all day. Presentations are lively and entertaining and questions from visitors are encouraged. Just remember, when you speak to these historical figures, it's the same month and day for them as it is for you, but the year is 1865!

Did You Know?

Field's uniform coat (left) James Field (right) ca. 1880, when he was President of the Virginia Baptist Convention *image courtesy VBHS

Major James Field, of A.P. Hill's staff, surrendered at Appomattox. Field served in the Mexican War, helped to write the 1st Constitution for the State of California and ran for Vice President of the United States in 1892. (Field's Confederate frock coat is at Appomattox Court House NHP)