156th Surrender Anniversary updates McLean House and park open, other events virtual

The McLean House will be open during the 156th Commemoration of the Surrender at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

As a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park encourages visitors to engage with this year’s 156th Commemoration of the Surrender and Freedom Day through a variety of virtual opportunities. 

The park and the McLean House will be open and operating in alignment with guidance provided by public health officials.  

March 22-April 13 

Virtual Anniversary 


Follow virtual programming posted on the park’s Facebook and Twitter pages from March 22 to April 13. Follow along with Tweets, videos, and interactive posts.

• Follow the park’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AppomattoxNPS

• Follow the park on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AppomattoxNPS

April 10, 5-6 p.m. 

Virtual Panel


In partnership with the American Civil War Museum, the park is proud to offer “Legacies of Appomattox,” a virtual panel discussion of the lasting legacies of the surrender and Freedom Day, April 9, 1865. 

People tend to think of Appomattox as the place where the American Civil War ended, but there is more to the story. How did newly freed African Americans seek to live out their freedom? What plans did members of the Grand Army of the Republic have for the village of Appomattox? How was the memory of the Civil War shaped in the months and years following the surrender? 

The panel will feature the Rev. Al Jones, founder of the Appomattox Black Civil War Legacy Museum; Chris Graham Ph.D., exhibits curator, American Civil War Museum; and Patrick Schroeder, historian, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Visit www.acwm.org to register in advance for this program. The program is free, and preregistration is required.

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