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

  • August 12:
    Make a Gourd Birdhouse

    Saturday, 9:30 am - 4 pm
    Calling all you bird fans out there. Come to Bennett Place and take a class on turning a gourd into a house for your winged friends. Diane Frankenfield from the North Carolina Gourd Society will be here to teach you how to make this creative twist on the old-fashioned bird house. At the end of the class, you will take home a finished bird house that you can hang up in your yard. Cost is $35 per person. This project not only helps your winged friends but also helps preserve this historic site. The revenue generated from the admission to the class goes directly back to the site to help maintain and preserve this historic landmark. This class is open to all ages and skill levels and is limited to no more than 10 students. Contact the staff to learn more and to register.

  • October 7:
    A Soldier's Return Home:
    Reunion and Remembrance

    Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm
    Following the war soldiers and civilians began the long road to rebuilding their lives. Take a special guided tour around the farm where you will learn abuot the year s 1865-1890 from living historians and actors portraying people who lived through that difficult period of time in our history. This event gives voice to black and white, soldier and civilian. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE GUIDED TOURS. Contact the Bennett place staff for more information.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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Bennett Place Information

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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