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.

Aerial view of the village, Appomattox Court House

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!

Black smartphone frame around the two story brick McLean House with deep blue clouds and a rainbow.

Virtual Park Experience

Discover the park from your home with these digital resources.

Printing press similar to the one used for parole passes for Confederates at Appomattox CH

Appomattox Parole List

The soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia were issued parole passes for safe passage home, free food and free transportation.

Blooming tree with an historic building in the background.

Special Events in the Park

Special events occur throughout the year and are listed on this page

Green holiday wreath with small, blue, juniper berries against bright white wooded siding

Visiting Hours and Seasons

Check our hours and seasonal offerings to plan your visit

Painting of Civil Soldiers charging each other

Appomattox Campaign

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

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.

East side of McLean House with both front porches and ice house at sunset

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?

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

Appomattox, VA 24522


434 352-8987

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