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

  • Visitor Center Will Be Closed Through March 2015 for Museum Renovations. (Renovations may take longer. Please call Bennett Place to confirm. 919-383-4345)
    Our Visitor Center is currently closed during the construction of our new museum exhibit gallery. However, Bennett Place State Historic Site is open for tours, walking trails, picnics, and our special events. Our operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

  • April 17 - 26:
    150th Anniversary of Surrender at Bennett Place

    We will commemorate one of the final major events of the American Civil War on the actual site of the Bennett Farm where Major General William T. Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston met on April 17, 18, and 26, 1865 to reach a peace agreement and begin the reunification of our nation. Event activities include the reenactment of the surrender negotiations, military and civilian living history programs, sutlers and artisans, ceremonies, music, and the final stacking of arms for the Army of Tennessee, CSA. Noted historians and authors will make presentations throughout this week long event. This is a once in a lifetime historic experience. There is an admission fee, which will vary for different activities throughout the week long commemoration. For more information, click here.

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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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