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

  • September 22:
    Beer, Blues, and BBQ

    Saturday, 6 pm to 9 pm
    Originally scheduled for June 23rd, this event was postponed due to the extreme heat and has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 22nd. The event is sponsored by our non-profit support group to kick-start a campaign to raise funds needed to renovate our visitor center. Al Myers will provide the delicious BBQ, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos have signed on to provide great blues music, and Harris Beverage will provide the cold beer. You can play a game of horseshoes or corn hole while listening to the music. There will be door prizes, as well as a silent auction. Don't wait, tickets are limited. If you enjoy delicious BBQ, cold beer, and some awesome blues music, then this event is for you. Tickets are available through the Bennett Place Support Fund at:

  • September 29 and 30:
    School of the Soldier

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm

    Watch as soldiers perform basic drill, cook and sleep while in the field. Learn about the different weapons used during the war as well as the flags they carried. There will be weapons demonstrations throughout the day. This two-day special event is free, and open to the public. Donations are welcomed and much appreciated.

  • October 6:
    Family Fun Craft Day

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    This is the time of year when we begin to decorate for the fall holidays using pumpkins, dried corn and gourds. Bennett Place is hosting members of the North Carolina Gourd Society for this one day craft-making day where you can make and take home a great decoration you can use inside or out. This family fun event is open to both young and old and all levels of experience. Cost is $10 per person, and materials are included in the price of admission. Class is limited to no more than 20 people. Reservations are required. Class begins at 10 am and will conclude at 4 pm. Contact the staff for more information and/or to register for the class.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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 fees. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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