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Jul 9, 2016 - Appomattox Court House, VA.

Today was a 52 mile drive to Appomattox Court House. We realized upon getting there that the name was actually a village and not a building. The building in the village where the final surrender of the civil war took place was the home of Wilbur Mclean. General Lee surrendered to Grant in the parlor of the Mclean home. It is kind of fascinating to have seen the place where the Civil War started (Fort Sumter) last month, and the place where it ended now. If you enjoy history, the east is where to go. When we left Appomattox we decided to jog...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Appomattox

First of all, I need to tell you that the surrender of Robt. E. Lee to U.S. Grant that ended the Civil War did NOT occur at the courthouse at Appomattox. It actually took place at the home of Wilmer McLean in the little village actually called "Appomattox Court House," a town of approximately 150. The town of Appomattox is a couple of miles away and has a really cute historic district. There is an actual court house in the village as well as a general store, tavern & guest house, lawyer's office, jail house and a few houses. These buildings...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Appomattox Court House

Today we drove through the Virginia countryside to Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park. The park is located at the site of Lee's surrender to Grant to end the Civil. The Park is located about 3 miles from the present town of Appomattox, Virginia. At the park we toured the Appomattox County Courthouse that is the park visitor's center. The park also has the McLean House where the surrender took place. At the Clover Hill Tavern, we listened to a park member who re-enacted the role of a doctor who lived in the town from 1820 to 1865....

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Jul 14, 2011 - Appomattox Court House National Historic Park

We went to Appomattox today and visited the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. We learned the Appomattox Court House was not in the town of Appomattox in 1865. Appomattox, which is 3 miles away, was called Appomattox Station because it was a stop along the Southern Railway. The area where the NHP is located was called Clover Hill and was a stage coach stop along the Richmond-Lynchburg Road. When Appomattox County was formed in 1845, a court house was built in Clover Hill, allegedly because of the presence of the Clover Hill...

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Jul 4, 2008 - Appomattox Court House

The actual village of Appomattox Court House has been preserved exactly the way it stood on April 9, 1865. Inside the McLean house Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Thus ended the bloodiest chapter in the history of the U.S. and reunited the nation. The Confederates needed passes to return to their homes. Printing presses were set up in Clover Hill Tavern where printers worked for two days to print 30,000 passes. This step back in time was enhanced by two storytellers in period clothing...

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