White House of the Confederacy (AKA base camp in Zombie Apocalypse)

We had to move condos today (7/13/12), so since we were making the trek up to Northern Virginia to Massanutten Resort located in McGaheysville, Virginia, we decided to make a few stops along the way. I had managed to pull a muscle in my back the evening before, so was in quite a bit of pain. Still, we decided to stop in Richmond, Virginia, which was not only the Confederate capital, but also boasted both the Museum of the Confederacy and the Confederate White House. After looking around a bit, my back was still hurting, so we decided to save our walking for Appomattox, and headed out, but not before the boys decided the COnfederate White House would be the ideal fortress in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse–too much Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer, I think….

Footprint in the brick

From there we headed to Appomattox Courthouse, which I had seen on my previous visit, but hadn’t been able to explore. It is definitely and amazing experience. When we entered the visitor center, we were met by a tour guide who explained that there would be interpreters around to talk with us and to treat them as if it really was in the 1860’s. With that, she took us over to the Clover Hill Tavern (built in 1819 and the oldest structure in the area). We were met by a reenactor who told us about the different people in the area. He especially poked fun at Thomas McLean, calling him arrogant for proclaiming himself the Alpha and Omega of the Civil War because he had lived in Manassas Junction when the war started, then moved to Appomattox Courthouse where it ended.

Table where Lee signed the Surrender

One cool story he told us was the legend of one of the tavern owners. Supposedly, the when the tavern was being built, this man took little girl down to the brick makers (since everything was made on property) and pressed her foot into one of the bricks. If you look under the window, you can see the brick with the little girl’s footprint in it. It is a legend, but whatever the reason, the brick is definitely there. It was also amazing to see the two tables in the McLean House where Lee and Grant signed the surrender of the Army of the Northern Virginia. For me, there is a connection, since one of my ancestors made the table Lee sat at when he signed the surrender. That was a neat experience for me.

Thomas McLean House

The park offers a real sense of scope and was just a peaceful place to sit on the porch with a reenactor or walk around the fields, cemeteries, and various outbuildings. It was a great stop on our road up to Massanutten resort. The resort is quite luxurious, so we are opting to take a free day tomorrow to just enjoy the many things available here before jumping into our crazy last week.