Special Events

26th North Carolina Infantry Marching Along the original Hillsborough Road.


150thAnniversary of the American Civil War

March 29-30

The Cruelty of War; Casualties and Medicine in the Civil War. Bennett Place State Historic Site. 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War Commemorative event series.

More soldiers died of disease than wounds sustained in combat. Medical surgeons and soldiers will demonstrate the medical procedures and care of the soldiers during the American Civil War. Wade Sokolosky, historian and author, will provide lecture presentations in the Visitor Center. More activities will continue throughout the weekend on the Bennett Farm. Program is Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 10 am-3 pm.


April 5

Civil War Park Day. Bennett Place State Historic Site. 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 Spring garden and landscaping, clearing nature trails, and preparations for the 149th Anniversary Surrender commemoration. Program is 9 am-4 pm. Volunteers please contact the Bennett Place staff for more information.


April 26-27

Many Roads To Surrender, 149th Anniversary Surrender Commemoration. Bennett Place State Historic Site. 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War Commemorative event series.

Join us as we showcase the five major surrenders of the American Civil War. Historians from our National Park Service will make presentations on the major surrenders of the war to include Appomattox, VA, Bennett Place, NC, Citronelle, AL, New Orleans, LA, and Doaksville, OK. Military and civilian living historians will be encamped around the Bennett Farm demonstrating life during the time of the end of the American Civil War. The annual Unity Monument wreath laying ceremony will take place on Sunday with special presentations and guest speakers. Event activities are ongoing Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, 10 am-3 pm.


April 26

The Grand Blue & Gray Ball, Bennett Place Museum Benefit, Old Murphey School

Join us for a unique historical experience as we dance the night away at the Old Murphey School located along the historic road, which General Johnston took to meet Major General Sherman at the Bennett Farm. The Huckleberry Brothers Band will be the featured band with a Caller and lessons provided. There will be a Silent Auction, refreshments, and other entertainment. Civil War attire is recommended, but semi-formal attire of the 21st century is appropriate. Tickets are $50.00 per couple and $30.00 per Individuals. All proceeds will go toward the fundraising our new museum exhibit gallery. The Ball is Saturday evening from 7pm-11pm.


May 10

Confederate Memorial Day Observance. Bennett Place State Historic Site.

(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 Saturday 10am-4pm.


May 24-25

Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages. Bennett Place State Historic Site. Following the American Civil War a “Decoration Day” began in communities across America remembering those Union 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.


September 20-21

Tar Heel Harvest Fair & Farmer’s Market. Bennett Place State Historic Site.

During the early development of America communities celebrated the harvesting of the crops, cooler Fall weather with the coloring of the leaves, and good fellowship with family and friends. The Bennetts and fellow farmers took their produce and livestock to market in local towns such as Hillsborough and Chapel Hill enjoying a similar atmosphere. Join us as we celebrate the beginning Fall season with a variety of farmyard livestock, produce stands, children’s games, wagon rides, live music, and other communal festivities. Program is Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 10 am-3 pm.


December 6-7

Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War. Bennett Place State Historic Site. 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 with cooking, wrapping packages, and a visit with Ole St. Nick. There will be music and caroling along with hot apple cider and Christmas cookies. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.



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