Bennett Place

Civil War

This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. Continued

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Bennett Place

What's New/Upcoming

  • December 16:
    Christmas in the Piedmont

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Visit Bennett Place to learn how the holiday was celebrated during the Civil War. There will be living historians on site demonstrating how the military and civilians attempted to carry on while being away from loved ones and dealing with food shortages. There will be weapons demonstrations as well as cooking demonstrations on-going throughout the day. You can try your hand at making a beeswax candle, as well as string popcorn and berries to decorate your own tree. There will be a visit by Old St. Nick for the children. This is a wonderful family-oriented event that you won't want to miss. This event is free, and open to the public.

  • December 16:
    Annual Candlelight Tour

    Saturday, 6 - 9 pm
    Take a guided tour around the historic farm to watch and listen as soldiers and civilians celebrate the holiday. There will be soldiers of both the blue and the gray holding a truce during the fighting to exchange items. In camp, listen as soldiers open packages from home and sing carols. Watch as a mother and daughter struggle to make a holiday feast with food shortages and high prices, and watch as a young mother and her children decorate their home while thinking of their loved ones fighting in the field. This is a wonderful family oriented event that will surely delight both young and old. The event is held outside so wear appropriate clothing. In the event of rain, this event will be canceled. Admission: Adults $3, Kids $2. Please call the Bennett Place staff for more information.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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Contact Us

Bennett Place
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-4345
GPS: 36.02921538090, -78.97397083620

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major state holidays.


No admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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