The Joel Sweeney Birthplace and Gravesite
Appomattox, VA 24522
The home place and grave site of Joel Walker Sweeney, credited by many as the inventor of the five-string banjo, by others as the one who brought the five-string banjo into prominence.
The Sweeney brothers are a recognized piece of Civil War History, and their restored cabin still stands on the property. A national historic marker denotes the site of both his birth and burial, located on Hwy 24 east of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
For more information contact the Appomattox Visitor Information Center at 434.352.8999 or toll free at 877. BLU.GREY.