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

  • December 15:
    Christmas in the Piedmont

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Visit Bennett Place during this special Christmas event and witness how this occasion was celebrated in the Piedmont during the Civil War. Living historians will decorate the farm in a typical modest fashion of the time. There will be cooking demonstrations in the kitchen house, Christmas decorations and packages in the main house, soldiers will be on hand to demonstrate Christmas in the field and, of course, a visit wouldn't be complete with out seeing Old St. Nick. There will be complimentary hot apple cider available at the visitor center as well as our annual bake sale where you can purchase some sweet treats. All proceeds from the bake sale go towards the preservation of the site.

  • December 15:
    Christmas Candlelight Tours

    Saturday, 6 pm to 9 pm
    Under the glow of candlelight, you can take a special guided tour around the farm and experience first hand how soldiers and civilians experienced the holidays during a time of war. Tours will go out approximately every 20 minutes and are limited to no more than 15 people in each group. There will be complimentary hot apple cider at the visitor center and our annual bake sale will also be available for you to purchase some nice sweets. Tour admission is $3 per adult, $2 per child (ages 5 to 16), and children under 5 are admitted free of charge.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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Bennett Place Information

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 fee for regular museum visits. Some special events have admission fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated, as they help preserve and maintain the site.

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