Become a Volunteer

Join the Bennett Place staff and other volunteers in sharing the fascinating history and preservation efforts of Bennett Place with daily visitors from all over the world. We will provide professional training and support to help you with whatever area is of interest to you.

Downloadable application available here.

Please complete the online application and e-mail or snail mail it to us. As soon as your application has been completed and reviewed by staff, we will contact you for an interview and get you started in the excitement of working at a historic site.

Areas of Volunteering Include:

  • Tour Guide. Greet visitors and share the history of the largest surrender of the American Civil War. Tour Guides take visitors on 30-45 minute tour of the Bennett Farm.
  • Living Historian. Throughout the year we have living historians military and civilians alike camp out and provide demonstrations of what life was like for the people during the time of the American Civil War. We have resources to outfit interested volunteers who would like to “live the life” of someone in the 19th century.
  • Library Research, The Everett-Thissen Library dedicated in 2010 maintains a collection of more than 1,000 books, manuscripts, magazines, and media resources related to the Civil War and Bennett Place. If you enjoy genealogy and research, we have a great resource here.
  • Gardening & Landscaping. Enjoy digging in the dirt? We have recreated the gardens as they would have been during the time the Bennett family farmed this land. We have a vegetable and herb garden as well as a cornfield, and fruit trees. Other landscaping projects are needed to enhance and care for the existing property around the visitor center, picnic area, and nature trails.

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