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Appomattox Court House

New Appomattox Court House, Wikimedia
Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, located in South Central Virginia, marks quite literally the end of the Civil War.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Court House on Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, signaling the end of what had been a long and bloody war.

Today, the Appomattox Court House is registered as a National Park. The park is open to children, teachers, and adults who want to learn more about this momentous event in the Civil War.


The Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is located about 95 miles west of Richmond. Visitor parking is located on VA Rt. 24, two miles northeast of the town of Appomattox.

The park is about 25 miles from Lynchburg.

Hours and Admission

The Visitor Center at the Appomattox Court House is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The park is closed on all major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, President’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day.

Admission to the park during the summer is $4 per person and/or $10 per vehicle. Children 15 and under are free. The summer season runs from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

Admission during the winter is $3 per person or $5 per vehicle, and children 15 and under are free. The winter season begins after Labor Day and extends to Memorial Day Weekend.

It should also be noted that a season pass can be purchased at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. This pass is $20, and passholders can visit The Museum of the Confederacy, the White House of the Confederacy, and the Appomattox Courthouse at no additional charge.

What to Do

The Appomattox Court House National Historic Park has a Visitor Center providing extensive information on the events of the Appomattox Court House.

The center has extensive original artifacts to the meeting of surrender, including the pen General Lee used, documents, and military items.

The Visitor Center also has a theater capable of seating 70. The theater shows two 15-minute documentaries detailing the Appomattox Campaign.

Visitors can take an Appomattox Court House Cell Phone Tour, which focuses on the old village of Appomattox Court House. The tour covers the meeting site, the Confederate Cemetery, and the Coleman House.

Visitors can also take the Appomattox Court House Podcast Tour, a five-mile walking tour.

The park also has a hiking and biking trail available for use. The park has over 1700 acres of land with a variety of animals, streams, and ecosystems.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Location: Appomattox Court House
Address: Highway 24,
Telephone: 434-352-8987 x 231.
Web site:
Cost: Summer: $4/person, $10/ vehicle; Winter: $3/person, $5/ vehicle
Latitude: 37.357089
Longitude: -78.825291
Categories: > Central Virginia. > National Parks.

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