Conveniently located in the
"Heart of Virginia", Appomattox invites you to experience the timeless, charming appeal of small town America.
For over 150 years, Appomattox has held the significance of being known as the place where our nation reunited in April of 1865. The Campaign, after which General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ended the American Civil War. Today, you can tour the village of Appomattox Court House, preserved as a National Historical Park, and view relics of the War at the American Civil War Museum. Continue your journey through history at Patrick Henry's Red Hill and the Carver Price Legacy Museum as you learn about the steps Appomattox took from civil war to civil rights.
While you are in town, uncover the secrets that Appomattox has to offer, from our Broadway-style outdoor theater to our sparkling lakes and hiking and biking trails. Unwind on the golf course, at a charming lavender farm or browse our charming Main Street shops like Baines Books & Coffee. Enjoy local artisans like Kat's Pottery. Kick back and relax at our brand new hotel or with a glass of Virginia wine at the landmark Babcock House. Whatever your interests, there is something to experience in Appomattox.
Highlights from the Sesquicentennial Celebration
Plan your visit
TOURS & PROGRAMS
- Tour Appomattox Station Battlefield, one of the only Civil War battles that pitted Union Calvary under the command of General George Custer against Confederate Artillery.
- Visit Appomattox Court House National Park to attend "real time" programs, living history presentations, soldier encampments and ranger guided programs.
- Explore the American Civil War Museum which features more than 400 artifacts, photographs, and documents including the uniform coat & sword of Robert E. Lee. (Entrance voucher is good for a one time visit Friday through Monday 10 AM - 5 PM)
Letter of John Fite
Private John Fite of the 7th Texas Cavalry provided a Confederate perspective on that same theater of war. In this January 26, 1862 letter to his fiancé, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Henderson of Catawba County, North Carolina, Fite described the “privations” that Confederate troops were enduring and suggested the hardships that the Native Americans were suffering during the mid-winter campaign. Read more...
Theater in the Heart of Virginia
Last summer, I went to my first professional theater production right here in Appomattox. My mother told me we were going to watch a show out in the woods to which I replied, “I beg your pardon?” Never again would such skepticism pass my lips after Wolfbane’s proverbial curtain fell on “Spamalot”. Now, the idea of a Wolfbane production holds nothing but excitement and anticipation for me. But they are not the only thriving theater company in the heart of Virginia. Read more...
“Lincoln did not free a single slave.”
It may seem odd that such a statement has been made about the man considered by many to be the “Great Emancipator,” but the idea has its roots in Lincoln’s changing view of emancipation and a failure to realize the full impact of the Emancipation Proclamation. Read more...