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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 building has a history of attempted preservation of disassembled parts. 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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  • There was no peace agreement! Thanks to the wonderful National Park volunteers I now know that there was an exchange of letters that declared the end of the Civil War.  more »
  • Worth a visit. Not sure why there is a separate entry for the house, but it's also worth the time and energy to visit.  more »

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