Historic Stagville

Slavery – Plantation Life

Comprises the remains of North Carolina's largest pre-Civil War plantation and one of the South's largest. It once belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. Today, Stagville consists of 71 acres, on three tracts. On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn built by skilled slave craftsmen, and the Bennehan Family cemetery.

Visit the Historic Stagville Foundation website.

Slave Dwellings

What's New

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding or event? Select locations at Historic Stagville are available for that special occasion. Contact Stephanie Hardy at (919) 620-0120 to discuss your needs.

Upcoming Events

  • October 12:
    Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture

    Sunday, at 2 pm
    Join us as we host Dr. Thavolia Glymph for her lecture on "Black Women Refugees: Fighting for Freedom on the Battlegrounds of the Civil War." Dr. Glymph is currently an associate professor of African American Studies at Duke University where her research focuses on the Civil War, Emancipation, and Southern women. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household. She is currently completing a study focusing on the lives of black women and children in Civil War refugee, and labor camps, as well as work on Civil War veterans who served in the Egyptian Army in the 1870s entitled, Playing "Dixie" in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878. This lecture is free, and open to the public.

Historic Stagville Information

Contact Us

Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham, N.C. 27712
Phone: (919) 620-0120
Email: stagville@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.


Admission is free. Groups should make advance reservations at least two weeks ahead of the time they wish to visit. Refundable deposits of $1 per person are required for groups of more than 20 people.

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