April 8-15th            154th Anniversary Events Living History, Special                                          Programs

April 12                    7:30 PM Civil War Ball Appomattox Inn and                                               Suites

April 13th

                                     6PM-Special performance of the one act play

                                    Appomattox: The Last 48 Hours (featuring                                       Curt Fields and Thomas Jessee)

                                    7:30PM-Luminary Ceremony

April 13/14           Anniversary Living History Events: Stacking                                                 of the Arms

May 18                      Literature in the Park- Details TBD

May 28                       Music in the Park-Sweeney Concert Series

                                     6PM McLean House porch

                                  Haversacks and Hardtack

June 15                      Art in the Park

June 18-19                   Civil War Camp for kids

June 20-21                   Civil War Camp for kids

June 25                       Music in the Park-Sweeney Concert Series

                                      6PM McLean House porch


July 6                            Annual Civil War Base Ball and Heritage Day

July 23                         Music in the Park-Sweeney Concert Series

                                       6PM McLean House porch

                                      Laura Semilian and Band

August 17                   Art in the Park

August 27                   Music in the Park-Sweeney Concert Series

                                        6PM McLean House porch

                                          Bush League(Acoustic)


                September 7               

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo

Music Festival


Contact:  David Wooldridge            Phone No: 434-352-8987 x236

 Dom Flemons and New Historical Marker Dedication

Headline 6th Annual Sweeney and the Banjo Festival

Appomattox, VA – Appomattox Court House NHP, the Appomattox 1865 Foundation, and the North Carolina School of Traditional Music will feature the 6th Annual Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival at the park on Saturday, September 7th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The day will be filled with music that reflects the legacy and influence of Joel Sweeney and the banjo in American music. 

This year’s festival features Grammy-Winner and two-time Emmy nominee Dom Flemons as its headline act at 4:00 p.m. and a noon dedication of the new Virginia State Historical Marker to Black Banjoists along the banks of the Appomattox River. Flemons is one of the founding members of the African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and he is a music scholar, historian, and an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, quills, and rhythm bones. The new state historical marker is the first of its kind to recognize the unknown African American musicians who taught the traditional African banjo to Joel Sweeney, the white musician who brought the instrument to the world stage.

Other events include a guided tour of the Charles Sweeney Cabin and a concert by the Sweeney Players, a group of musicians from the North Carolina School of Traditional Music and friends who specialize in playing Sweeney-era songs.



 Charles Sweeney cabin open

to visitors with music and interpretation



Guided tour of the

Charles Sweeney cabin


Park Shuttle to Marker

 (departing from main visitor lot)


Dedication of Historical Marker

to Black Banjoists


Early Banjo Performances

throughout the village.


Concert featuring Dom Flemons

 opening act the Sweeney Players

Join us for this free day of entertainment, and explore the roots of the banjo and American music at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park!

September 27-28                  8th Annual Lantern Tours


October 12                   Storytelling, music around the campfire

December 8                  Holiday Open House with SANTA!



(Events and details are subject to change. Please check Facebook page  for updates, additions, changes, directions.)


Event Photos and Posters


Lantern Tours

2019 Sweeney Concert Series
Enjoy a variety of music performances from the McLean Porch at 6PM. Bring a blanket or chair. All concerts are free (donations toward Sweeney Cabin Restoration gladly accepted). No alcohol. 


MAY 28

Haversacks and Hardtack




Laura Semilian and Band 


Details to come!



Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival



Campfire music and talk





Art and Heritage Days

Annual Surrender Anniversary Every April

Civil War Ball in April




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