Appomattox Park One of Many Closed Due to Shutdown

Appomattox, VA - National parks all over the America locked their gates Tuesday, including the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Visitors to the park are being turned away, but folks in the tourism industry are trying to make the most of it, sending people to the Museum of the Confederacy, Poplar Forest, Red Hill, and the D-Day Memorial.

Cars from seven different states met at the gate by the last man standing at Appomattox. On Tuesday, the lone maintenance worker was making the rounds in the park.

Patrick Jolly won't go back home to Ohio totally empty handed. He's been touring all the area's historic sites.

"I'm a 5th great grandson of Patrick Henry," Jolly said. "I had forgotten about the fact that this was part of the National Park Service."

At Spring Grove Farm Bed and Breakfast you can see a picture of "The Surrender". Joe Sayers can't send his visitors to the place it happened.

At the Appomattox Welcome Center, people came from all over.

"We've had guests from Georgia, Brookneal, Oregon, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kansas, the UK," said welcome center greeter Frances Guill. "One gentleman who had come in said he'd been trying to get here all his life."

The place where our nation reunited is now a casualty of a divided government.

ABC 13 spoke by phone Tuesday with the man in charge of the education program in Appomattox. He can't do an on camera interview, because he's not supposed to be working. He says they have two bus tours scheduled later this week. They've called those tour companies to tell them not to just show up; to call first.

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