Does your hound love history? Then a visit to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is a must. The park is home to several original and reconstructed 19th century buildings including the McLean home, or the site where General Robert E. Lee yielded the Confederacy's largest field army to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. That’s woofin’ impressive!
This pawtastic area is rich in history. Furtunately, four
legged visitors are able to tour the park’s grounds. However, they are not
allowed to go in the buildings. But doggos can still get a feel for the Civil
War era life. Between April and October, the park’s staff provides outdoor reenactments
and first person character programs.
Besides soaking in some history, your pupster can also
get some exercise. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park has a small
network of nature trails. Combined, the trails total 4.5 miles. If your pup has
the energy, you can circle the entire papwerty and see all the buildings. If
they need a shorter route, a 1.5 mile trail runs around the North Carolina Monument.
There is another 1.5 miler that showcases General Lee’s headquarters. Before
setting off, pick up a trail map at the Visitors Center.
The park is home to a wide variety of critters. While you
are out and about on your hike, you may encounter raccoons, squirrels, deer, or
even a fox. Look closely and you might see a toad, frog, or salamander. If you
do run into any animals, make sure your pooch minds their manners and doesn’t
chase or bark at them.
Do your part to keep this historical site smelling fresh.
Always have a clean up bag on hand and promptly pick up after your pooch. Don’t
forget to pack water, especially during the summer. Above all else,
have a woofderful time hanging out with your pup!