Then and Now in Appomattox
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Then and Now in Appomattox

There are few places known for their role in achieving peace, and among those, the village of Appomattox Court House is a rare project in preservation. The site of Lee’s surrender to Grant, the land and original buildings live on as a National Park – in much the same state it was nearly a century and a half ago. Alongside this national treasure, the present-day town of Appomattox is a thriving community with a picturesque Main Street and turn-of-the-century homes lending charm at every turn. A visit to the area is both a journey through profound history and a chance to experience the best of everyday life today.

Small town comforts.

On day one, arrive in Appomattox to start your visit at the Visitor Information Center on Main Street, where you’ll be greeted by friendly travel counselors ready to get you oriented.

Stroll down Main Street and visit all the quaint shops for handcrafted items and unique finds. Be sure to check out the Appomattox Antique Gallery – where two floors of wall-to-wall treasures await. Check into one of our beautiful bed and breakfast inns for the night and have dinner at one of our downtown restaurants.

Explore war’s final days.

Begin day two with a satisfying breakfast at your B&B.  Then head out for historic adventure by visiting the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park located only a few minutes from town.  Start your visit with a film at the park’s visitor center. Then step back in time as you travel up the dusty road to the McLean House, where General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant, and ended America’s Civil War.  After visiting the McLean House, stroll the village and visit the historic buildings in the park. Take a break and have lunch in Appomattox at one of our downtown diners or cafés.

Next, travel a few miles down the road to Clover Hill Village where you’ll find a living history village filled with historic buildings – including a log cabin, one-room school house, a chapel, a general store, and a blacksmith shop – each with interesting stories to tell.

Enjoy elegant dining at The Babcock House to experience true southern hospitality and outstanding food in a gracious 1894 Victorian home.  After dinner, visit Baines Books and Coffee to hear some local entertainment or just enjoy a book and a great cup of coffee.

Something to think about.

On your last day, enjoy a farewell breakfast in the relaxing environment of your B&B before stopping by the Carver-Price Legacy Museum for insight into the rich African American experience. The history of local Heritage Education is followed through displays, exhibits and memorabilia. Then visit the Hazel Moon Resource Center to view artifacts collected by this long-time missionary to Africa. With so many unexpected and intriguing stories discovered during your visit, you’ll have much to discuss on the way home.

American Civil War Museum - Museum of the Confederacy AppomattoxAmerican Civil War Museum: Museum of the Confederacy Appomattox  

See Robert E. Lee’s uniform & sword along with other artifacts & photographs that chronicle the end of the Civil War.

 

17,000 square feet of antiques at Appomattox GalleryAppomattox Gallery

This 17,000 square foot antique mall has 40 vendors of fine art and antiques, including quilts, glassware, coins, furniture and more.

The McLean House at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in VirginiaAppomattox Court House National Historic Park

Site of the original village where Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant negotiated terms of surrender that reunited the nation.

African-American history is featured at the Carver-Price legacy museum in Appomattox County, VACarver-Price Legacy Museum

A stirring look at the rich African American history of Appomattox County, featuring displays on local education heritage.


Suggested Itinerary

Day One:

P.M. Stop by the Visitor Information Center before checking into your bed and breakfast. Shop the Appomattox Antique Gallery before dinner downtown.

Day Two:

A.M. After breakfast at your B&B, visit Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and the McLean House for Civil War history.

P.M. Travel to Clover Hill Village for more living history. Finish your day with elegant dining at the Babcock House and local music at Baines Books and Coffee.

Day Three:

A.M. Visit the Carver-Price Legacy Museum for African American history, and the Hazel Moon Resource Center to view African artifacts.

P.M.  No visit to Appomattox would be complete without a stop at The Museum of the Confederacy.