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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Virtual Park

Explore the park from the comfort of your own home and stay connected! Find links to social media, videos, podcasts, and photos here.

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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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Digital Learning

Calling all teachers! Find online park-related lesson plans and digital curriculum materials here.

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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: April 7, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Appomattox, VA 24522

Phone:

(434) 352-8987 x226

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