• 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.

Things To Know Before You Come

Visiting Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is largely a self-guiding experience. For this reason it is recommended that you begin your tour at the visitor center and get a map of the park. The visitor center is in the reconstructed courthouse building. Not all of the park is accessible, please refer to the accessibility page for more information. Depending on the season though, there may be a number of programs offered to help you get more out of your visit. Here are some points to consider when planning your visit.

Programs/Services available year round:

  • Museum in the visitor center
  • Bookstore/gift shop in the Tavern Kitchen
  • Two different 15-minute slide shows in the visitor center, one on the hour, the other on the half-hour
  • A Junior Ranger Program designed to help kids (ages 7-13) understand the meanings of the park. Kids can get a workbook to complete as they tour the park. If they complete it, they can earn a certificate and a Jr. Ranger badge.

Programs/Services available during the summer:

  • Living History talks are presented, often at :20 minutes after the hour. These programs are presented by actors who portray people who were here in 1865, and speak as though it is still 1865.
  • Ranger Programs are also offered to help answer the question, "Why Appomattox?" These often last about 30-minutes and begin in the visitor center.
  • Please check the Calendar of Events for special programs that be offered.

Did You Know?

Surrender painting by Keith Rocco

General Robert E. Lee never offered his sword during the surrender meeting, and Grant never requested it.