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    DAY 8 - ROANOKE, VA to FORT BELVOIR, VA via APPOMATTOX CH - 240 miles

    We left the convenience store after getting ice this morning, just before 8 am, and found our way to US-460 east. It took us about an hour and 20 minutes to meander our way to Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, arriving about 9:20. There is no longer a fee here, though they do take donations very willingly. As is our custom, if there is a guest book, we sign it.

    We looked at the Visitor Center, then went to listen to a 40 minute Living History, where a young man dressed as a soldier in the Union Army, 1865, told about the surrender and reactions to it. He was quite good. This was a good substitute for the slide show that we decided not to attend, and we are both familiar (especially hubby) with Ken Burns' Civil War PBS series.

    Appomattox Visitor Center:
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    Clover Hill Tavern, where the Confederate soldiers' parole passes were printed, and where we sat on the porch for the Living History presentation:
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    Then we wandered around the village for awhile, seeing the McLean House where the surrender papers were signed, and so much more. The weather was holding for us, not overly hot, but we were there for most of the morning.

    The McLean House, outside, with the well in front:
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    Where Robert E. Lee surrendered the Virginia Army, inside the McLean House:
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    We drove back down VA-24 to see the Confederate Cemetery and the place where Grant and his troops were camped out, then headed out of town towards Alexandria.

    The rise on which Grant had been camped out:
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    Confederate Cemetery:
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    We knew we had about 180 miles to drive on non-interstate roads. Lunch was also needed, but rather than return to the townsite of Appomattox, we went on, finally eating in a place called Teresa's Place: A Family Restaurant, which served good "comfort food", either on a menu or buffet style. This was in Dillwyn.

    Most of our driving was done on 2-lane highways – VA-24, US-60, US-15, VA-20, VA-3. Then we hit I-95 which was soupy in places but not the parking lot we expected, and finally, the last 7-1/2 miles was down US-1 to our hotel.

    We are situated in the Towne Place Suites by Marriott Alexandria/Fort Belvoir. The room is a “studio king with daybed”. It has a full kitchen with almost everything you need, a nice bathroom with a shower that looks inviting, desk, closet that even includes a laundry basket. Laundry is free here if you bring your own soap (I have). There is a pool but it's only open 6 hours a day (3 pm to 9 pm). Plus barbecue grills if you care to use them. A small home-away-from-home.

    Safeway and CVS were right down the street, so after a quick swim, we went off to shop. Picked up some stuff that we like for dinners and breakfasts without overdoing because we'll be here only a week.

    This seems the way to go for us, if the price is right, to find places with kitchens/kitchenettes, to be able to make our own dinners, and the bed is comfortable too.


    Donna

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    I’m enjoying reading this. I live outside Fredericksburg, VA near four Civil War Battlefields. Enjoy the history of this area!

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