Appomattox Manor, Hopewell

  • Also Known As: Charles City

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The land that forms Appomattox Manor, at the confluence of the Appomattox and James rivers, is one of the oldest extant estates in America; the property was patented in 1635 by Francis Eppes and remained in the Eppes family until 1979. The area around the plantation was first settled in 1613 and was first known as Bermuda City and later as City Point. The sprawling frame house of the Eppes family is the result of several enlargements made to the original 1763 dwelling. The surrounding outbuildings were constructed in the 19th century. During the American Revolution, British troops under the command of Benedict Arnold marched through the plantation. Other branches of the Eppes family constructed plantation homes along the Appomattox River, including Weston Manor and Eppington.

Appomattox Manor became the headquarters of General Ulysses S. Grant from June 1864 until April 1865. Grant occupied a tent, and later a cabin, while he commanded the Union Army in the final months of the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln visited General Grant in the drawing room of the house in 1864 and 1865. Appomattox Manor is now administered as a historic house museum by the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1864/06/00 Ulysses S Grant Union General Lt Gen Ulysses S Grant makes his headquarters at Appomattox Manor where he will stay in a tent. Siege of Petersburg
1864/06/21 Abraham Lincoln Union Commander in Chief President Abraham Lincoln lands at City Point and visits General Grant in the drawing room of the Appomattox Manor house. Lincoln will also meet a division of US Colored Troops. Siege of Petersburg
1864/11/00 Gen US Grant moves to a modest cabin. From here he will command Union armies in the final campaigns of the American Civil War. Gen Grant will stay here until March 1865.

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Particulars for Appomattox Manor, Hopewell:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Government Office
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 1st October 1969

Registry Name: Appomattox Manor
Registry Address: Cedar Lane, at confluence of James and Appomattox Rivers
Registry Number: 69000015
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 10
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Battlefield
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1800-1824, 1750-1799
Significant Year: c 1751, 1864, 1865
Historic Function: Domestic, Government
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Government office
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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