Porch of house where Lee surrendered to be fixed

7:19 AM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
Wilmer McClean house, where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant to end the US Civil War, Appomattox, Va (AP)
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APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - The front porch of the house in Appomattox where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered is getting a face lift.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday on replacing most of the McLean house front porch's wood. Cracked and broken panes also will be replaced.

Ernie Price is chief of education and visitor services at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. He tells The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1clVO6H ) that weather and heavy visitor foot traffic have taken their toll on the porch.

Price says the floorboards haven't been replaced in more than a decade.

He says elements of the porch are tied into three stories of the house.

Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the house in April 1865.

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