Visit the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center at Historic Tredegar for an orientation film of Richmond 1861-1865. The center has three floors of exhibits and artifacts on display. Next to the visitor center, the American Civil War Center explores the Civil War's causes, course and legacies through Union, Confederate and African-American perspectives.
Experience the elegance of Old Richmond on Monument Avenue with its magnificent mansions and its statues of southern heroes on your drive to eclectic Carytown, for shopping and dining.
Visit the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, which showcases hundreds of personal belongings from legendary generals, soldiers and civilians; and uniforms, flags, military equipment and weapons from battles both famous and obscure within three floors. Then be the guest of CSA President Jefferson Davis. Just a few steps away from the museum, The White House of the Confederacy, a National Historic Landmark, has been meticulously restored to its wartime appearance when it served as the social, political and military center of the Confederacy.
Taste a Confederate dinner hosted by Richmond Discoveries before heading to your hotel.
Day Two: Richmond to Appomattox
Travel through the deceptively peaceful rural beauty of the road to Appomattox.
Travel to Sailors Creek Battlefield Historical Park. In 1865, it was here that General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was badly defeated, losing 7,700 men, including eight generals leading to the surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later. The park's visitor center has an impressive exhibition that chronicles Lee's retreat and displays artifacts from the battlefield.
Explore downtown Farmville including lunch in a restaurant housed in a pre-Civil War tobacco warehouse overlooking the Appomattox River.
Visit the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, with stories of the Confederate government, the military, civilians and enslaved and free African-Americans, the museum's exhibits detail events leading up to, during, and following the war. Experience the "Appomattox Moment" when two legendary armies met for the last time. Of special interest are General Lee's sword, the frock coat he wore to meet with General Grant, and the pen Lee used to sign the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Just two miles away, experience Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the McLean House, site of the surrender of General Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant. The restored Village of Appomattox Court House truly transports you back to April 1865, when the nation began its path to reunification.
Last Updated: 06/03/2014