Experience Appomattox – Official Tourism site of Appomattox VA

Experience Appomattox Virginia

Things to Do in Appomattox

Immerse yourself in the rich historical significance of the town. Start by visiting the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, where the American Civil War ended with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant. Walking through the preserved buildings and landscapes allows for a profound connection to this pivotal moment in American history.

Beyond the historical sites, take time to explore the charming downtown area, filled with quaint shops and eateries, offering a glimpse into contemporary life in this historic town. Or, take a second day trip to one of Appomattox’s amazing outdoor adventure spots for hiking, cycling, fishing and more.

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Historic Appomattox VA Trip Itinerary

Adventure-Filled Days Await

Embarking on a trip to Appomattox, Virginia, is like stepping into a living history book, filled with fascinating stories waiting to be discovered. Start your adventure at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, where you can wander through beautifully preserved buildings and picturesque landscapes. Chat with the friendly park rangers, who are passionate about sharing the town’s rich history, including the momentous events that marked the end of the Civil War.

After exploring the park, take a stroll through the charming downtown area, where you’ll find delightful shops and cozy cafes serving up local treats. As you soak in the atmosphere, let yourself be transported back in time, reflecting on the resilience and unity that have shaped Appomattox into the welcoming community it is today.

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Spend the day exploring the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. The historic site is perfectly preserved. Frequent re-enactments make history come to life (check park schedules for dates and times). Experience history like you have never experienced it before!

American Civil War Museum Appomattox

The American Civil War Museum in Appomattox provides insight into the conflict’s complexities and enduring legacy. Through artifacts and interactive displays, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the individuals and events that shaped the nation’s history.

Clover Hill Living Village

Clover Hill Village serves as a living history museum. It features a collection of buildings, some of which are original local historic structures relocated and rebuilt onsite. The village offers visitors a vivid glimpse into the past and life in Virginia.

Local Attractions

Explore the Outdoors In Appomattox VA

State Parks Offer a Day’s Fun & Adventure

After a day absorbing history and culture, step into the world of outdoor adventure at one of the area’s two outstanding parks.
 
Holliday Lake State Park in Virginia is an idyllic getaway in Appomattox County, just a short drive from the downtown area and the National Historic Park. Its centerpiece, Holliday Lake, invites visitors to splash, fish, and paddle amidst stunning surroundings. Winding hiking trails beckon exploration through mixed forests, perfect for wildlife spotting, bird watching, or leisurely strolls. With inviting picnic spots, playgrounds, and camping facilities, the park is a haven for relaxation and adventure alike. Holliday Lake State Park promises a warm and welcoming escape for everyone to enjoy.

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Girl in bike helmet leaning over railing of bridge

The High Bridge Trail starts just outside of Appomattox in the town of Pamplin. It offers a captivating journey through the heart of the Commonwealth’s scenic beauty. Spanning 31 miles, the trail inclines the historic High Bridge, a former railway bridge that offers breathtaking view of the Appomattox River and was the site of several confrontations between the Union and Confederate armies on the route to Appomattox. Bikes can be rented in nearby Farmville or bring your own, and walkers are always welcome. With its easy accessibility and stunning vistas, the High Bridge Trail promises an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

Nearby Attractions

Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial

American Revolutionary History Near Appomattox VA

Red Hill keeps the spirit of the Voice of the American Revolution alive by inspiring a better understanding of Patrick Henry through educational programs and scholarship. Part of the mission is to maintain and interpret Red Hill, Patrick Henry’s last home and burial place, as a historic site and museum. Throughout the year Red Hill hosts several special events such as a Naturalization Ceremony in May, July 4th Independence Day Celebration, the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival on the first Saturday in November and a Christmas Open House in December.

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Cars parked outside brick buildings in downtown area

Unwind – Shop – Dine

Shop & Dine in Downtown Appomattox

After a day exploring the outdoors or immersing yourself in the historical treasures the area’s parks offer, take time to unwind in Appomattox’s downtown area. Many wonderful restaurants and shops await, with nearby bed and breakfasts making it an easy stroll to explore the area’s diverse restaurants and shopping experiences.