Thursday, January 8, 2015

Appomattox Court House

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia

The original Court House for Appomattox County was built in 1846 and destroyed by fire in 1892. On the day of the General Lee's surrender, the Court House was closed (it was Palm Sunday) and did not figure in the events that took place as the war ended. The Court House was reconstructed in 1964 and today serves as the visitor center for the park.

After the Court House burned in 1892, the county seat was moved to nearby Appomattox Depot. The modern town of Appomattox grew up around the railroad, and the village where the Civil War ended was mostly abandoned until 1935, when the National Park was established and the restoration of Appomattox Court House began.


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