Appomattox – Photos with the Lens of Change

Yesterday an autumn drive on Virginia backroads led to Appomattox Court House. The rainy day with splashes of vibrant colors on the trees offered a different view and perspective on the historic site. I hope you’ll enjoy these photos from the place where the Civil War war began its formal ending.

Usually, I prefer to “picture” Appomattox in the spring and it reminds me of a new chapter and new beginnings in the history books. This time I started considering the place through the lens of change, inspired by the sights of seasonal change around the battlefield and historic village.

One place, one word: Appomattox.

Drifting leaves whisper around the North Carolina monument

Nature and man-made monuments

Legends of gold?

A place of falling dreams…

The road to Appomattox

The Wilmer McLean House [back of the structure]

Subtle autumn reds along the road to the McLean Home.

Historic gold…

Let the news of peace ring out…

Ready for home [printing presses for the parole papers]

Autumn and Reconstruction [reconstructed/rebuilt court house at Appomattox]

Silent witness as words replaced the bullets to talk of surrender.

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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9 Responses to Appomattox – Photos with the Lens of Change

  1. billhenck says:

    Very nice photos. Appomattox is a great place to hike.

  2. The first time I went to Appomattox, I walked past the Peers House and kept going all the way to the artillery set up beyond Appomattox River. There was a family cemetery nearby. It was so neat to explore beyond the typical route.
    The pictures are lovely! And poignant captions. Thank you for sharing!

  3. John Pryor says:

    With our move from Connecticut to Florida, we’ve lost the sharp demarcation of the seasons. Thank you for these wonderful pictures!

  4. Douglas Pauly says:

    Good stuff Sarah. My wife and I are talking about just hopping into the car and driving there on one of these upcoming weekends. The leaves changing are part of that. It’s such a pretty part of the world there!

  5. Dr. Jon Willen says:

    I was there just about a year ago with Ed Bearss on his final tour, brings back lots of memories especially hiking up to Lee’s headquarters marker.

  6. Meg Groeling says:

    A beautiful job, my friend! Huzzah!

  7. Henry Fleming says:

    The peacefulness of these captured moments is something we need today as a reminder that you may live in crazy times but this too shall pass. Thanks!

  8. Diane Mcvey says:

    Beautiful photos of a place so important to our history and reminds us of the sacrafice of so many

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