Virginia Civil War 150
Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox

On April 9 the nation will observe the 150th anniversary of the surrender meeting between Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, which effectively marked the end of the Civil War. As part of this observance, the National Park Service is spearheading a national initiative, "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox." The Virginia State Capitol will participate by in this initiative by ringing bells at the historic Bell Tower for four minutes at 3:15 p.m. on April 9.

"Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" begins with bells ringing at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, coinciding with the end of the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House. After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate at churches, historic sites, and public buildings across the nation, beginning at 3:15 p.m. and lasting four minutes (each minute symbolizing a year of war). Sites that have agreed to participate include the Virginia State Capitol, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and communities from Texas through Connecticut. A Teacher Resource packet is available here.

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission is encouraging all localities and sesquicentennial partners across the Commonwealth to participate in this initiative as we come together to commemorate this historic moment across the nation.

Participating sites in Virginia are listed below - we hope that you will join in this profound way to mark the end of the Civil War and the beginning of freedom and reconciliation. Follow at #BellsAcrossTheLand2015


Emmanuel United Methodist Church

Appomattox National Historical Park

Historic Courthouse

Circuit Courthouse
Fredericksburg Baptist Church
The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg
St. George’s Episcopal Church

Jefferson Courthouse

CrossRoads Heritage Center

Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight County Court House Bell Tower
Isle of Wight County Veterans' Memorial

Unison United Methodist Church

Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew

Centenary United Methodist Church
Court Street United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Heritage United Methodist Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Liberty University
Lynchburg College
Lynchburg Museum
Old City Cemetery Chapel
Randolph College
Virginia Episcopal School

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Middleburg United Methodist Church

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Grace United Methodist Church
St. Thomas Chapel
Wayside Inn

New Market
Lee-Jackson Building (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Headquarters)

Newport News
The Mariners' Museum

Freemason Street Baptist Church

Christ and Grace Episcopal Church

Centenary United Methodist Church
Virginia State Capitol – Historic Bell Tower

Christ Episcopal Church

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Suffolk Christian Church

Warren County Courthouse

Old Court House Civil War Museum

Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse


For information or to add a participating site to the list, email or call Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director, at (804) 786-3591, ext. 276


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