Appomattox Court House
National Historical Park

McLean House - Place of Lee's Surrender

We visited Appomattox Court House during January 2009. We were traveling through the area on our return from Florida. Also, Karen, a lady who Elizabeth has taken a number of weaving classes with, lives near here. The image above is of McLean Home.After four years of war and over 630,000 casualties Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met in the parlor of the McLean Home in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia and agreed to terms which would make reunification of the Nation possible. The surrender meeting between General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant occurred on April 9, 1865.Following the Civil War, McLean home suffered from vandalism and souvenir-takers. The home was dismantled and taken to Chicago for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. However, it was never shipped. The house was reconstructed on its present site 1947 -1949 and opened to the public. Current photographs, when compared to old photographs, show that the restoration was very faithful.

Replica of Table used for Surrender Terms

Furnishings in the room of surrender have been recreated from sketches made at the time of Lee's surrender. The table on which the signing took place was carried off early as a true trophy. The table shown here is a reproduction.

The images above and below are of homes in the National Historical Park. They were taken as the park was closing for the evening when sunset provided fine lighting.

Sunset at Appomattox Court House

Link to U.S. Government site to Appomattox:

McLean House link:

Posted 1 Feb. 2009