Helpful Guidelines for Schools and Tour Groups

Helpful Guidelines for Schools and Tour Groups

One of the most fascinating times in our American history was the American Civil War. We welcome schools and tour groups to visit with us and experience what life was like in Piedmont North Carolina during 1861-1865. We strive to provide an insightful and educational experience for everyone.

  • Due to the limited space throughout the property and the buildings we do require that groups of 20 or more people make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance so we can accommodate your needs. Reservations can be made by phone, 919-383-4345 or email, which are followed by a reservation form. Reservations are not confirmed until the reservation form is completed and returned by the teacher or tour group coordinator.
  • If for any reason your plans change due unforeseen circumstances, please contact the site staff for cancellation or rescheduling. This will allow us to coordinate staff and volunteers prior to your visit.
  • We can accommodate groups as large as 100 people at a time, but require that groups of this size be divided in to 3 groups (approximately 33 per group) prior to your visit. We will then rotate the groups through the museum gallery, theater presentation, guided tour, and living history program if requested at the time of the reservation.
  • We ask that groups try to arrive at least 15-20 minutes in advance of their scheduled tour. If you plan to be late, please contact the site staff as soon as possible.
  • During your visit we do ask that you be considerate of other visitors by staying with your group at all times.
  • We have a picnic area with picnic tables and benches. If your group would like to have a snack or meal following or prior to your program please let the staff know at the time of your reservation to guarantee use of this area.
  • We encourage groups to take home a souvenir or keepsake from our gift shop. These profits go toward the continuing educational programming and preservation of this historic landmark.
  • Depending on the time of year you visit with us, please make sure to dress appropriately. Bennett Place is a 40 acre park with indoor and outdoor exhibits, historic buildings, and nature trails. Long pants and closed toed shoes are highly encouraged.

Museuem Etiquette

Bennett Place is a unique and valuable historic treasure for all of us to enjoy. We ask that you please follow these guidelines during your visit to help us preserve our heritage for many years.

  • We ask that you do not touch any of the original artifacts throughout the museum and historic buildings.
  • Please do not sit or lean on any of the original furniture throughout the museum and historic buildings. Designated areas for sitting have been provided throughout the park property. Staff and volunteers will instruct you to where seating areas are if you need to take a rest during your visit.
  • We strongly encourage questions and comments during your tour. However, please wait for the appropriate time to ask questions so as not to interrupt the tour presentation.

Additional Educational Programs

  • Life of the Civil War Soldier (Program lasts approximately 30-45 minutes) Ever wondered what it was like to be soldier in the military during the Civil War? Join a living historian as he shares the life of the soldier through sharing reproduction objects of what a soldier would have had on his person to include, the uniform, accoutrements, personal effects, a wallet, toothbrush, candles, letters, and more. The program is concluded with a musket firing demonstration.
  • Life on the Homefront (Program lasts approximately 30-45 minutes) Life was tough for the individual civilian during the Civil War. Meet a typical Piedmont North Carolina farmer at the Bennett Farm. Learn about cooking, household chores, gardening and farming, leisure time, and other aspects of farm life while the soldiers were off at war.
  • Soldier Scavenger Hunt (Program lasts approximately 30-45 minutes) Go on a Scavenger hunt through the museum and the Bennett Farm answering 25 questions about the Bennett Family, General Sherman and General Johnston, and the American Civil War. If you complete the challenge with the correct answers you will take home a special Bennett Place keepsake.
  • History Trunk If your group is unable to visit us, or you want to have your own lesson in the classroom before or after your visit, reserve the History Trunk for your lesson plan. Inside the trunk you will find reproduction military and civilian clothing, CD’s of Civil War era music, musical instruments, toys and games, worksheets, and other related teaching materials. Please contact Bennett Place to find out availability and reserving the trunk.
  • Outreach Programs (Program lasts approximately 30-45 minutes) If you are unable to visit us, we can certainly bring our program to you. We can provide “Life of the Civil War Soldier” or “Life on the Home Front” in your classroom or meeting room. We also provide speaking engagements about the history of Bennett Place and the Surrender. Other Civil War related topics may be requested. Please make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance. Last minute programs will be considered.

Special Note

Please let us know in advance if we need special permission to bring weapons (reproduction Civil War era muskets and swords) in to your facility or classroom. Our staff are fully trained and certified with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Historic Sites and Properties Administration to handle and use 18th and 19th century firearms for presentations and black powder firing demonstrations.

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