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

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Upcoming Events

  • May 30:
    Freedom 150

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Stagville will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with "Freedom 150". The end of the war was not the end of the story. This event will focus on the effects of the war on the African American population in the south. Visitors will learn about the joys and uncertainties that lay ahead of the newly emancipated population of Stagville. Historic interpreters will bring this information to life and relay what was happening around Stagville as the former slaves learned of their newfound freedom. The event will also feature children's activities, hikes through the Horton Grove Nature Preserve led by Triangle Land Conservancy, and other historic demonstrations. Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project will be present to discuss his work in raising awareness for the preservation of slave cabins.

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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