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appomattox court house is a small village located three miles east of the town of appomatox on hwy 24. originally the village was named clover hill after the clover hill tavern. the clover hill tavern was built in 1819 and was a stage coach stop on the richmond-lynchburg stage coach line. in 1845 clover hill became the county seat of appomattox county and was renamed appomattox court house. the economy of the village declined when a train depot was built in the town of appomattox in 1854. in 1892 the appomattox court house was destroyed by fire and the county seat was moved to the town of appomattox. the village of appomattox court house is famous for being the surrender site of confederate general robert e. lee's army of northern virginia to union general ulysses s. grant.

wilmer mc lean is a interesting character in U. S. history. mc lean was born in manassas virginia in 1814. in july 1861 during the first battle of bull run a battle was fought on mc lean's plantation. mc lean's plantation house was the headquarters of confederate general p. g. t. beauregard. during the civil war mc lean was a sugar broker for the confederacy. in 1862 mc lean and his family moved to the tiny village of appomattox court house to avoid the civil war battles in northern virginia. on april 9 th 1865 the war caught up with mc lean and his house was the surrender site of general robert e lee's army of northern virginia. after the surrender mc lean stated "that the civil war started in my front yard and ended in my parlor".

  • Last visit to Appomattox: Nov 2011
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