The Washington Post

Restoration of McLean House begins soon

The McLean House at Appomattox Court House in March 2012. (Norm Shafer for The Washington Post)

The McLean House in Appomattox, Va., where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Gen. U.S. Grant on April 9, 1865, is a gracious-looking place with wide stairs and a two story white porch on the front. However, even with the National Park Service’s careful maintenance, parts of vintage buildings do wear out. In the case of the McLean House, it is the stairs and the picturesque wooden porches.

The work will include replacing the front steps, all the decking on the first story porch and more than half of the large support beams under the porch, according to a news release. Plans include stripping and repainting all the wooden elements of both porches.

The work is expected to begin Oct. 28 and may last as long as two months. The building will still be open to visitors during the work period but they will be entering and leaving through the back door.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
This isn't your daddy's gun club
A look inside the world of Candomblé
It's in the details: Five ways to enhance your kitchen makeover
Play Videos
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
The rise and fall of baseball cards
Is fencing the answer to brain health?
Play Videos
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
The art of tortilla-making
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
How hackers can control your car from miles away
How the new credit card chip makes purchases more secure