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Renovations begin to iconic building at Appomattox Court House

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:28:31 PM EST   Updated On: Oct 28 2013 10:47:47 PM EDT

Renovations to a big piece of American history began Monday in Appomattox County.

The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park started renovating the McLean House on Monday. That’s where General Lee surrendered to General Grant to end the Civil War.

Crews are replacing the front porch. The house will remain open during the renovation, but visitors will have to enter the house through the back door.

The biggest change will be for people looking to take pictures in front of the porch. Large portions of the porch are being replaced. Scaffolding will also be in front of the building.

It’s been more than 20 years since any restoration work was done to the front porch. The front stairs, decking on the porch, and support beams underneath the porch will all be replaced. All painted surfaces will be stripped and repainted.

The work is expected to be completed this fall.