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.

Richmond Taste Leaves Us Wanting More

Pedestrian Bridge to Belle Isle in Richmond, Virginia
Finding an interesting path in Richmond, Virginia, is easy. Most roads lead to fine food, history and culture.

Two days is barely enough time to get to know Richmond, Virginia. Like a well-constructed tasting menu, the visit gave us just a few bites and left us wanting more.

By the time we left, we felt so at home in this city full of restaurants, history and culture, we decided it was definitely a repeat-worthy destination.