Museum Of The Confederacy

Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The grand opening of the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox will be held, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31. A full day of events and activities will commence with a Grand Procession led by Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant and their respective color guards. The Museum is located at 159 Horseshoe Road (the intersection of U.S. 460 and State Route 24). Uniformed officers will direct the public to designated parking areas where shuttle busses will be available for transportation to the Museum.

After welcoming remarks by S. Waite Rawls III, president and CEO, Matthew G. Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and The Honorable William T. Bolling, lieutenant governor, Commonwealth of Virginia, the keynote address will be given by James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After the raising of the flags on the Reunification Promenade there will be a ribbon cutting and the Museum will be opened for visitation.

Demonstrations by living historians and period craftsmen will be conducted throughout the day. A special reenactment of the negotiations of surrender between Generals Lee and Grant will occur at 2 p.m. Local non-profit organizations will provide food services.

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Those attending are advised to arrive early. Admission to the museum will be free for the day.

The Museum of the Confederacy is a private, nonprofit educational institution. The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox is located in Appomattox, Virginia. The Museum owns the world's largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America.