For History Buffs: Historical Appomattox, Virginia

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For today’s thrill seeker, the whole world is a playground, offering endless opportunities for adventure. Yet an unexpected adventure can be found in the historic south, where the fabric of this nation was almost torn in two over 150 years ago.

This adventure in American history awaits those whose travel takes them to the Piedmont region of Central Virginia this April. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the South’s surrender, which effectively ended the Civil War.

According to WDBJ News, The Sesquicentennial celebration at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is free of charge and will take place April 8-12. Over 70 presentations are scheduled to be offered at the park during these five days. Topics cover a variety of aspects of the Civil War, especially those centering around Appomattox Courthouse, and include the various battles, the surrender meeting, and noteworthy soldiers and generals. Artillery and cavalry demonstrations will be included in these events, offering travelers an authentic view of the details of life at this time in America’s history. Because of expected heavy traffic in the area during these five days, visitors are advised to be especially careful if traveling on routes 460, 24, 26, 60, and 656.

Other historic attractions are plentiful in Appomattox year-round. The McLean House, the site where General Lee surrendered on April 9, 1965, offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about this historic event in an authentic setting. The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond offers a tour of the Confederate South, displaying original belonging to both famous Confederates and ordinary soldiers. Appomattox offers several lodging options, including Longacre Bed and Breakfast, Hidden Treasure Acres, and Paradise Lake Campground.

Whether this five-day event makes you yawn or rank high on your list, this adventure in history has the potential of being a once-in-a-lifetime experience which could give you a greater appreciation for the people and events which helped make America the nation we know and love today.