- This park preserves the site where Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865. These events marked the end of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. Today this national park encompasses approximately 1,700 acres of rolling hills in rural, central Virginia. Historic structures on site include the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of Appomattox Court House, the former county seat for Appomattox County.
Recreation - A good place to orient yourself, and discover the many recreation opportunities that lie within the park, is the visitor center. Here you'll find interpretive displays, museum exhibits, a bookstore and reconstructed historical village. The Visitor Center is open daily throughout the year, but closed on federal holidays from November through February.
Guided and unguided activities are available throughout the park. From Memorial Day until Labor Day the National Park offers a full schedule of daily programs, including living history, ranger talks and audiovisual programs. During the off season only audiovisual programs are available.
Picnicking is permitted in designated areas only. There are no camping facilities within the park, but several private campground lie in close proximity. All pets must be on a leash within the park.
Wheelchair accessible areas include all parking areas, the Courthouse/visitor center, bookstore, restrooms, drinking fountains and living history programs. A Braille map and folder, captioned slide program and large print brochures are available upon request. Wheelchairs are available for use in the historic village and a stair climber is available at the McLean House.
Climate - This region experiences hot and humid weather during the summer months with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. December, January and February are the coldest months. Long spring and fall seasons are pleasant with moderate temperatures.
The park lies two miles northeast of the town of Appomattox, Virginia,on State Highway 24, in the central region of the state.