Work Begins on Porch of McLean House

Appomattox, VA - The history books tell us the Civil War started in his front yard at Manassas, and ended in his front parlor at Appomattox Court House.

Some 148 years after the war ended in Wilmer McLean's house, work started on his front porch Monday.

There is no word on how long it will take to replace the porch at Appomattox Court House or how much it's going to cost. It's a federal project.

You can still tour the area, you just have to use the back entrance to get in.

"This is not just replacing the decking, this is the support structures, the stairs, the railing, the re-painting of everything. It is a big porch, its runs the entire length of the home. It's going to be a big project," said Ernie Price with the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Price says it's been 20 years since any real work has been done on the porch.

The government shutdown delayed the project a couple of weeks. Weather permitting, it will be done by the end of Fall.

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