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Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • Primary: (919) 383-4345
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Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 that Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General William T. Sherman decided to meet in Durham at Bennett Place, where Gen. Johnston surrendered the Southern armies in the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia.

That historic event can be explored at this official North Carolina State Historic Site. Today it includes restored historic structures, special living history events, including a commemoration on the anniversary, and tours – all available without any admission fees.

  • Business Hours: Tu-Sa, 9am-5pm; Su, for special events.
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  • Miles To Convention Center: 7.30
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 20.1
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  • Wheelchair/Disabled Access Comments: Wheelchair ramps located in the parking lot with access to the visitor center. Handicap parking spaces available, wheelchair accessible seating in the theater. Museum layout accessible for wheelchairs.
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  • Avg. Tour Length: 45 minutes
  • Comments Regarding Groups: It is advisable to call ahead when bringing large groups
  • Group Rates: Free Admission, some special require an admission. Information on this listed on the website.
  • Scheduling Policy: Suggest two weeks in advance
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  • Theatre Capacity: 40
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The Civilian's War: a lecture series

A lecture series highlighting the role women took during the Civil War.

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Civil War Park Day

A national workday in cooperation with the Civil War Preservation Trust for volunteers to come out and help your local historic site maintain and preserve for future generations.

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152nd Anniversary Surrender Commemoration Event

Learn about the events that occurred inside the home of James and Nancy Bennett 152 years ago. Learn about the negotiations that took place in their parlor and listen to military historians who w…

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Civil War School Days

This program is designed for public, private and homeschool groups to come and learn about both the military and civilian aspects of the Civil War from costumed living historians. Students will …

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Memorial Day Military Timeline Event

Visit Bennett Place on this national day of honoring the American soldier. There will be military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation's …

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I'm Dyeing Here: dyeing techniques of the 19th century

Ever wondered how people in the 19th century dyed their clothes? What does a mordant do? What color do you get from the black walnut? Come to Bennett Place and learn the basics of dyeing from …

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3rd Annual Reunion & Remembrance Event

Following the Civil War, soldiers and civilians began the long road to rebuilding their lives. This event provides information in the form of special guided tours and lectures by local historians o…

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3rd Annual Candlelight Tour Program

Take a guided tour around the historic farm and watch and listen and both soldiers and civilians attempt to carry on with the Christmas holiday during the Civil War. This is a family oriented …

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Annual Christmas in the Piedmont Event

Visit Bennett Place and witness how the holiday was celebrated during the Civil War. See how they decorated their homes, watch as living historians cook a holiday meal and watch as soldiers tried t…

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604