APPOMATTOX, Va. (WFXR) — The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is most famous for being the place where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, which led to the end of the Civil War.

According to Beth Parnicza, the chief of education and visitor services at the park, “It also brought emancipation to this area. The Emancipation Proclamation was not really a reality until this space was in Union hands.”

Visitors at the park get a chance to see not just the McLean House, where the surrender took place, but also an entire village.

There are also special programs offered, such as hiking trails for people to explore, demonstrations, exhibits, a theater, living history programs, and guided programs.

When touring the park, WFXR News caught up with Kent Hickey, who works as a living history character.

“The character I portray here at Appomattox is John Dennett,” Hickey said. “John Dennett was a newspaper reporter from New York City. He worked for a new publication called ‘The Nation,’ which was founded by abolitionists.”

The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make sure our nation’s past survives into the future.