2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 5,12,19 & 26, 2016
The Road to Surrender: The Final Campaigns a lecture series.
Learn about the campaigns, battles and troop movements from leading authors and historians. In the waning months of the Civil War, Sherman’s Carolina campaign brought his 90,000 man army north from Savannah into North Carolina. Each Saturday there will be a lecture that corresponds to the date of a battle fought in the Tar Heel state between the two Generals who would ultimately meet at Bennett Place. March 5 – Wade Sokolosky “The Battle of Wise’s Fork”. March 12 – Mark Smith “The Battle of Averasboro”. March 19th – Mark Bradley “The Battle of Bentonville”. March 26th – Ernie Dollar “The final movements of the troops in the waning months of the War”.
Program begins at 1pm. Admission is $5.00 per adult.
April 2, 2016
Civil War Park Day
This national workday for volunteers is a cooperative effort between the Civil War Preservation Trust and Civil War historic sites across the United States. Come out and support your local Civil War historic site. Projects include preparing the picnic area with new landscaping and preserving the picnic tables, clearing the nature trails, and preparing the kitchen garden. Program is 10 am-4 pm. Volunteers please contact the Bennett Place staff for more information.
April 12, 13 & 14, 2016
2nd Annual Civil War School Days.
This program is designed for public, private and homeschool groups to come out and learn about both the military and the civilian aspects of the war from costumed living historians. There will be stations set up in the historic area for students and adults alike to meet and listen to reenactors discuss different topics such as how soldiers marched and drilled, the flags of the Civil War, the postal system, the medical system and much more. Reservations are required. Please contact the Bennett Place staff to make your reservation and for more information. Price: FREE, donations greatly appreciated.
April 16-17 15, 2016
1st Anniversary Surrender Commemoration
Join us as we remember the events that occurred inside the home of James and Nancy Bennett 151 years ago. Learn about the negotiations that took place in the parlor and listen to military historians who will discuss how the end of the war impacted both the soldiers and the civilians. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Price: FREE
April 23, 2016
Grand Blue & Gray Ball. Historic Hillsborough
Come out and experience a Civil War Era ball and enjoy music, dancing, and socializing at the Historic Barn in Hillsborough. The Jonny Booker band will provide the music and we have a dance master who will teach the dances so no experience is necessary. Civil War attire requested but not required. Formal attire is required if you don’t have Civil War clothing. Time is 7pm to 11pm. Heavy hors’ d’oeuvres included.
Price $35.00 for individuals $50.00 per couple. Click here for information and tickets.
May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)
Confederate Memorial Day Observance (North Carolina Observance)
Join living historians portraying the American soldier who served in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Learn how this traditional observance of sacrifice and honor began in 1866 by the ladies of Columbus, Georgia and how it evolved in to the national recognition of all American soldiers known as Memorial Day. Program is Tuesday 10am-4pm. Price: FREE
May 28-29, 2016
Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages
Following the American Civil War a “Decoration Day” began in communities across America remembering soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Senator John A. Logan, a former Union officer on staff with Major General William T. Sherman, was instrumental in making this a formal national day honoring our fallen soldiers, which became Memorial Day. Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods throughout our nation’s history. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. Price: FREE
July 16-17, 2016
Medical Practices and Procedures
Come out and see living historians portraying surgeons and learn about the medical practices and instruments used during the war. Learn about the emergence of the ambulance corps and see the differences between the Union and Confederate medical equipment. Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm. Price: FREE
September 24 & 25, 2016
School of the Soldier
Watch as soldiers perform basic drill, cook and sleep while in the field. Learn about the different weapons used during the war, the flags they carried and see how the uniforms changed from 1861 to 1865. There will be weapons demonstrations throughout the day each day. Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. Price: FREE
October 8, 2016
Reunion and Remembrance
Following the war soldiers and civilians began the long road to rebuild their lives. Take a special guided tour around the farm where you will learn about the years 1865 to 1877 from living historians and actors portraying people who lived through that tumultuous time in our history. This event gives voice to black and white, soldier and civilian. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm. Tickets will be required and tours will begin every 30 minutes. Price $3.00 per Adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 FREE.
December 9, 2016
2nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour Program
Take a tour by candlelight around the farm to meet soldiers and civilians and watch how they celebrate the holiday. Tickets will be required. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available. Program is Friday 6pm-9pm Price of $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 free.
December 10, 2016
Christmas in the Piedmont during the Civil War
Visit Bennett Place during the Christmas season and witness how this occasion was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American 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 with Ole St. Nick. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available. Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm. Price: FREE.