Living History and Ranger Talks

Living history character in front of the Clover Hill Tavern talking to a group of visitors
Living Historians portray individuals like Henry Coleman, a former Confederate soldier.


Living History

At Appomattox Court House visitors have opportunities to participate in living history talks and ranger lead talks. A living history talk is presented by a staff member who portrays a person who actually lived during 1865 and shares with visitors what he or she experienced around the time of the surrender. While giving talks and between talks the individuals will not break character, so do not ask questions referring to anything that occurred after that time. These talks are typically from April-October. Pictures with a description of each character is available and the current schedule is also available.

Ranger giving a talk outside
Ranger talk at the benches by the Meek's Store


Ranger Talks

Ranger talks are scheduled on most days from April through September. The ranger discusses the history of the village, what led up to the surrender, what happened during the week of April 9 thru April 12,1865 and various other topics. Most of these talks are held in a shady part of the park and last around 30-40 minutes. The talks are held most days, depending upon staffing

Last updated: October 31, 2022

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

Appomattox , VA 24522


434 352-8987

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