Beginning Peace and Reunion

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.

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Visiting the Park

Check the park's current conditions and offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Digital Junior Ranger Program

Explore the park through our virtual Junior Ranger program. Complete the booklet and email the park with your address to earn your badge!

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Virtual Park Experience

Discover the park from your home with these digital resources.

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Special Events

Join us for special programs throughout the year.

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Visiting Hours and Seasons

Check our hours and seasonal offerings to plan your visit

Federal reenactors at the Appomattox 150th

The Appomattox Campaign

Gen. Lee's decision to surrender was the product of eight day campaign that ended at Appomattox Court House.

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To Surrender

Cornered by Federal forces, General R. E. Lee faced the decision to surrender his army and consider the terms that Grant offered.

Front of the McLean House where Lee and Grant met on April 9, 1865

The McLean House - the meeting site

Why was the McLean House chosen for the famous meeting and what has happened to the house since 1865?

Last updated: July 30, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
P.O. Box 218

Appomattox, VA 24522

Phone:

(434) 352-8987

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