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Appomattox 150 Years Later

Civil War Reenactment at Appomattox National History Park
Civil War re-enactors set up camp in Appomattox, Virginia, for the 150th anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender.

When we pulled up to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, we didn’t expect to be waved on to shuttle parking. Little did we know we had arrived one day shy of the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

You’d think we would have considered that as we planned our Civil War tour across Virginia. Nope. Serendipity led us here.

Finding Gettysburg Off the Battlefield

Doors in Gettysburg
Even the well-worn and nicked doors of old Civil War buildings in Gettysburg are interesting. Prepare to be charmed.

I expected the town of Gettysburg to be filled with plenty of Civil War trinket shops.

Considering the battlefield is Gettysburg’s main attraction, I figured the town would be devoid of much charm and character. I had it pegged as the typical tourist trap. My hunch was wrong.

Spend the Night in Julia Child’s Room

Black truffle shaved over popcorn at The Inn at Little Washington
The Inn at Little Washington offers many novelties including black truffles shaved over popcorn to kick off its six-course tasting menu.

It’s a dash of proper English sprinkled with a touch of French color and finished off with pure sumptuousness.

Welcome to The Inn at Little Washington. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, we found the country inn smack dab in the picturesque town of Washington, Virginia. It served as the perfect stopover during our Civil War road trip.