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McLean House, Appomattox

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The McLean House near Appomattox, Virginia is within the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. The house was owned by Wilmer McLean and his wife Virginia near the end of the American Civil War. It served as the location of the surrender of the Confederate army of General Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865, after a nearby battle.
The farm house represents the historical style of construction in Piedmont Virginia of the mid-nineteenth century. The current building is a reconstructed form of the original using the original materials. It was carefully deconstructed in the 1890s for shipment and display in Washington, D.C. but those plans fell through, and the materials remained on site. In the 1940s it ended up in the hands of the National Park Service and was reconstructed on its original foundation. The house was made available for public viewing in 1949. It was recorded in the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and in the National Park Service's database of Official Structures in 1989.
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  • The house itself is a reproduction as the orginal was destroyed ( an interesting story in itself), but the historians have done an oustanding job making this home authentic. The furnsihings have been....  more »
  • The McLean House is part of the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park and is the site of Lee’s formal surrender to Grant on April 9, 1865 that all but ended the Civil Wat and is very well...  more »

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