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.

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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 Julianne Herczeg at (919) 620-0120 to discuss your needs.

Upcoming Events

  • December 3:
    100 Years of Christmas at Stagville

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    During the day, visit the historic homes of slaves, sharecroppers, and slaveholders, and learn about the Christmas traditions of enslaved and free people in North Carolina. After dark, special ticketed tours will showcase some of these buildings lit by lanterns, while your guide shares stories of holidays during slavery. The open house of the historic homes will run from 10am to 4pm and is free and open to the public. Lantern tours are ticketed. Tours begin at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, and 6:00pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 15th. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per child and include hot drinks and gingerbread. There is a limit of 25 people per tour. Tours are expected to sell out quickly. Visit Stagville in person or call the site at 919.620.0120 to purchase tickets.

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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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