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2018 Lantern Tours

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2018 Lantern Tours


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News Release Date: September 17, 2018

Contact: Scott Hill, 434-352-8987 ext 227

Appomattox Court House NHP News Release
September 17, 2018                                                                                     Contact: Scott Hill

   Release Date: Immediate                                                                   Phone No: 434-352-8987 Ext. 227

Celebrate the Women of Appomattox with Appomattox Court House NHP’s Annual Lantern Tours
Reserve your tickets in advance to explore the historic village by lantern!
Appomattox, VA – Join the Appomattox 1865 Foundation and the National Park Service for the 7th Annual Lantern Tours, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 2018. Beginning at 6:30 PM, (6:00 PM on Saturday) groups of 25 will be guided through the Park to six stops where participants can step back in time and explore the village by lantern light. Tickets are only available at

This year’s tours will explore the women of Appomattox, hearing from six women in total; some of whom experienced the momentous events at Appomattox in April 1865 and others who saw the development of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Included among the six presentations are:
  • Virginia McLean: The wife of Wilmer McLean, the self-titled “alpha and omega” of the Civil War. Mrs. McLean was “with child” when Generals Grant and Lee met in her parlor in April 1865.
  • Fannie Berry: An enslaved woman on the plantation of George Abbitt who had many stories of her life in Appomattox.
  • Mariah Meeks: Mariah and her husband Francis owned a general store that served the residents of Appomattox Court House during the Civil War. Meeks’ son, Lafayette, was one of the first fatalities from Appomattox County during the Civil War.
  • Patty Guild: Patty was the only woman who travelled with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia on their retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox and witnessed some of the last fighting of the war.
  • Georgia “Georgie” Gurney: Schoolteacher and holder of a PHD degree, “Georgie” was the wife of the first park superintendent of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
  • Mildred Harris: Granddaughter of Mariah Wright. From her grandmother’s porch, she witnessed the burning of the Court House in 1892, and returned in 1964 to see the Court House/Visitor Center reconstructed.
Tickets are $12 and should be reserved in advance. You can choose the day: Friday or Saturday, September 28 or 29; and the time: 6:00 (Saturday only), 6:30 (Friday only), 6:50, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50, or 8:10. The presentations are appropriate for kids 6+. All tour groups are accompanied by knowledgeable guides and light refreshments are included in the Visitor Center at the close of each tour. The event sells out every year so don’t delay! Heavy rain cancels. The way to secure your choice of day and time is to visit  If you need more information you may call 434-664-0012 or visit the Appomattox 1865 Foundation’s website or  Facebook page.

About Appomattox Court House National Historical Park: 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. The stories of Appomattox Court House go far beyond the final significant battles of this nation's Civil War. Learn more at

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

About The Appomattox 1865 Foundation: The mission of the Appomattox 1865 Foundation is to enrich the understanding and appreciation of the heritage and significance of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. The Foundation focuses on efforts to preserve the past, augment financial support, commemorate history and enhance each and every visitor’s experience.

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

A PDF of this news release is available.

Last updated: September 21, 2018

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