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.

Brick McLean House backlit by the glow of a setting sun and luminary candles in front

Special Events

Join us for special programs throughout the year.

Albert Carter Giving a Ranger Talk.

Guided Programs in the Park

At Appomattox Court House visitors have opportunities to participate in living history talks and ranger lead talks.

A leather chair pulled up to a wooden table with documents spread out on top.

To Surrender

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

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.

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?

Hikers walking along one of the park trails

Hiking Trails within the Park

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park offers 8 hiking trails ranging from .9 mile to 4.8 miles.



Follow this link to find podcasts about Appomattox Court House or to connect to the park's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Printing press similar to the one used in 1865

Parole Passes

The story about parole passes, pictures of passes and an alphabetical list of the names of the soldiers who were issued passes are posted.

Last updated: July 18, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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

Appomattox, VA 24522


(434) 352-8987 x226

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