On April 17, 1865 Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph Eggleston Johnston met at the home of James and Nancy Bennett to put an end to a war that had cost America more than 670,000 lives (approximately 620,000 and 50,000 civilian).Put Bennett Place Historic Site and other Durham attractions into our Durham online trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
On April 26, 1865 an agreement was reached which surrendered more than 89,270 Confederate soldiers making this the largest surrender of the American Civil War.
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Bennett Place Historic Site reviews
07/08/22 - My Daughter-in-Law took us here, I have to say, I didn't know anything about the Bennett Place, but I took away some great history, I only knew about the surrender at Appomattox, Virginia..... more
07/08/22 - My Daughter-in-Law took us here, I have to say, I didn't know anything about the Bennett Place, but I took away some great history, I only knew about the surrender at Appomattox, Virginia..... more »
We enjoyed touring the small museum and grounds. That day, the web link for the walking tour was not working, but the staff was working to get it back up.
We enjoyed touring the small museum and grounds. That day, the web link for the walking tour was not working, but the staff was working to get it back up. more »
This free state park does a great job thru a film, exhibits in the visitor center & reconstructed building of telling the story of the surrender of Confederate forces under General Joseph Johnston to.... more
This free state park does a great job thru a film, exhibits in the visitor center & reconstructed building of telling the story of the surrender of Confederate forces under General Joseph Johnston to.... more »
The Bennett Place Historic Site is a must visit for locals and tourists alike. The historical significance of the location is not something that is really taught in schools, at least in New York, so it was a very informative visit for me. It was amazing to see so many historical artifacts inside the exhibit and they were different from what was at the History Museum in Raleigh, so I recommend a visit to both places for those interested in history. It has a nice little gift shop with unique items that are all well priced. The outside lawns are well kept and it’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, to bring your dog or even have a picnic. For me, the best thing about it was the worker who was there on the day I went. We spoke for hours about the history of the site as well as the history of North Carolina and the south. It was just a very informative and engaging talk with someone who had a lot of knowledge and was also interested in talking about the history of where I’m from. I could not recommend visiting this place enough and also want to encourage people to engage with the staff and volunteers; you’ll get a lot more out of the experience if you do.
A nice little museum with lots to offer in such a small space. Free, suggested donation five dollars. Factual account of the surrender of 90 thousand confederate troops, ending the Civil War. Monument and period buildings. Picnic tables and nature trails. Truly a hidden gem of Durham.
My wife and I took our 1 year old granddaughter here. They had some people reenacting the era. It was magnificent!! A low-key, relaxing, unique time. There are no big crowds and so many small details to enjoy. Kudos to the volunteers who really make this special. If you're single, a couple, a family, or just some friends hanging out, this is a pretty cool experience. Don't go if you're looking for loud and adrenaline pumping. The lack of those are why this place is chill. There is a nice museum here, too. Unfortunately, I only took one or two pictures inside to share. Entrance is free, but there's a donation box. Please give as you can. Ladies were there selling baked goods, too. They were delicious. Go check this place out! 😁
The guides were very knowledgeable and super friendly, they made it a real treat visiting there today with my boys.
Great park and memorial to the surrender of the Confederate armies of Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Crazy to think that a large portion of the conflict came down to 2 guys sitting in a little farm house. A reminder IMO that we cannot do things such as this again.
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