Monday, June 13, 2011

The Bennett Place, Durham

Site of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War.

This simple farmhouse was located between Confederate General Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro and Union General Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1865 the two officers met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. The simple reproduction farm dwelling and log kitchen show what life was like during a tragic period in our nation's history. A modern visitor center with exhibits and an audiovisual program help tell the Bennett Place story.

The kids really enjoyed this! Great family activity and it is free. They only have the special events with the workers pictured below every second Saturday of each month. Greg says it is best to call ahead and make sure that it is happening on the date you have if mind because occasionally it skips a month.

Bennett Place
Phone: (919) 383-4345; Fax: (919) 383-4349
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, N.C. 27705
GPS: 36.02921538090, -78.97397083620

Meadow in the meadow :)


Catherine said...

You are a posting machine, Heather! I love it! Um, I totally want to go there now. And I love that you put the GPS directions!

Heather said...

Yes, that is me putting off cleaning my house! lol! Sigh, time to go clean now ;)

HAYHAY said...

You guys are the coolest family. I love that you are taking your kids to neat places. Most of all, I LOVE your magic goldfish video. It made me laugh. I bet Meadow loved that.

Laura Crenshaw Chabo said...

I totally went there when I was about 14 and watched a battle reenactment! Glad to know its still around!

Angie (Drowns) Kelly said...

Hey! Call me when you are like 10 min. from my house. First the Maple View Ice Cream and now Bennett Place.... Heather, My name is Angie and I live in Hillsborough. I think you are really cool and want to know when you will be near me. Please:) I have some other cool places out this way you NEED to come see. :) 919.732.7427