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 25:
    The Secret History of Pumpkins

    Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm
    Halloween is just around the corner, and pumpkins are everywhere from supermarkets to front steps, but did you know about how pumpkins symbolized the abolition movement? Learn about this and other fun facts about everyone's favorite gourd. In addition to a fun history lesson, participants will partake in pumpkin painting and carving, and try delicious pumpkin-based foods! Tickets are $6 for children ($4 for Members), and includes a free pumpkin, samples of pumpkin desserts, and pumpkin spice cider. Adults are admitted free. Call (919) 620-0120 to reserve your spot today!

  • November 11:
    Site Closed

    We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day (state holiday) on Tuesday, November 11th, reopening Wednesday, November 12th on our regular schedule. "Thank You" to all veterans for your service.

  • December 6:
    Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters

    Saturday, 12 noon - 4 pm
    Celebrate the holidays at Stagville with music, food, and fun! Take a tour through our historic structures with interpreters and learn about nineteenth century holiday traditions. Catch a live performance by "Little Windows" and dance with Jonkonnu performers. There will be crafts and story time for kids as well! Be sure to take a mule and wagon ride through Horton Grove to see the Great Barn and learn about the enslaved craftsmen who built it. This event 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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