Special Events

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

2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

150thAnniversary of the American Civil War

May 23-24, 2015
Memorial Day Military Timeline Event – The American Soldier through the Ages.

Following the American Civil War a “Decoration Day” began in communities across America remembering those Union and Confederate 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 event 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.

October 10-11, 2015
A Soldier’s Return Home, A 150th Anniversary Commemorative Event of the American civil War.

We will recreate the Veteran’s Reunion “Commemoration of the Unity Monument” (October 12,1923) Ceremony. The rededication of the monument with dignitaries to include: UDC, SCV, SUV, and DUV.

December 12, 2015
Christmas in the Carolinas 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 children’s games, cooking demonstrations, soldiers in camp along with hot apple cider and Christmas cookies and a visit from Old St. Nick. Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm.

 

 


Past Events

The Dawn of Peace: Surrender at Bennett Place

150th Anniversary of the End of the American Civil War

Bennett Place State Historic Site

April 17-26, 2015

 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This is a general overview of the commemorative events and activities that will be taking place at Bennett Place State Historic Site during the 150th Anniversary of the Surrender. Schedules, registration information, admission, parking prices, and more specific times of guest speakers, authors, and activities are located within each day (Please click on the link where noted for additional details). Please share the schedule and activities with friends, family, and colleagues for the Grand Finale of this most important time in our American history.

Special Event Activities are 10am-5pm

(Bennett Place Opens at 9am, but programs and activities begin at 10am)

 

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (10am-5pm)

  • The First Meeting-Special Guided Tours of Bennett Place in Real Time
  • Special Guest Speaker, Bert Dunkerly, on the Final Surrenders of the War
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Grand Opening of New Museum Exhibit Gallery (Private Invitation Function) 7pm-9pm

SATURDAY, April 18, 2015 (10am-5pm)

  • The First Meeting-Special Guided Tours of Bennett Place in Real Time
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Living History Programs to Include Military and Civilian Demonstrations
  • Special Guest Speakers and Author

SUNDAY, April 19, 2015 (BENNETT PLACE IS CLOSED)

A Nation Reunited-19th Century Church Service
McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road, Durham, North Carolina 27705
Telephone: 919-383-1263 and Email: info@mcmannenumc.org

  • 19th Century style church service (Congregation is encouraged to wear Civil War era clothing)
  • Live Music of the mid 19th century and Civil War Era
  • Civil War Exhibits and Displays
  • Bennett Family Genealogical Research Exhibit and Display Table

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015 (BENNETT PLACE IS CLOSED)

THE ROAD TO SURRENDER

Bus Tour from Raleigh to Greensboro ($65.00 Per Person Includes Lunch at the Historic Burlington Railroad Depot)

Stop 1: The Capture of the Capitol City-Raleigh

Stop 2: The Final Battle at Morrisville Station-Morrisville

Stop 3: The Retreat Through Company Shops-Burlington

Stop 4: The Final Stacking of Arms & Farewell-Greensboro

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015 (10am-5pm)
Meet Soldiers & Civilians-Living History Programs for Schools and Student Groups

  • Civilians of the Homefront & Refugees
  • Life of the Infantry Soldier
  • Join the Cavalry-Life of the Cavalry Trooper
  • Music & Communication-Buglers and Drummers
  • Hear the Cannon Roar-Civil War Artillery
  • Soldier of the USCT-The African American Experience
  • Caring for the Wounded and the Sick-Civil War Medicine
  • Getting Correspondence to the Troops-The Postal Service
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Virginia 150th Civil War Mobile Museum

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 (10am-5pm)
Meet Soldiers & Civilians-Living History Programs for Schools and Student Groups

  • Civilians of the Homefront & Refugees
  • Life of the Infantry Soldier
  • Join the Cavalry-Life of the Cavalry Trooper
  • Music & Communication-Buglers and Drummers
  • Hear the Cannon Roar-Civil War Artillery
  • Caring for the Wounded and the Sick-Civil War Medicine
  • Getting Correspondence to the Troops-The Postal Service
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Virginia 150th Civil War Mobile Museum

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 (10am-5pm)

  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Guided Tours of Bennett Place
  • The Dawn of Peace (Showing in the Museum Theater)

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 (9am-5pm)

  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery
  • Bennett Farm open for visitation
  • The Dawn of Peace (Showing in the Museum Theater)
  • The Armies Arrive-REGISTRATION & CAMP SET UP

 

The Main Events of April 25-26, 2015 will require an Admission Fee.

Fees: (State & County Taxes are included in admission and parking fees as of January 1, 2015.)

  • Admission is $10.00 per person (Children 12 and under are FREE)
  • Parking is $5.00 per vehicle on adjacent parking facilities

There is no available Parking at Bennett Place. Handicapped Parking will be coordinated on Bennett Place site at a First Come First Serve Availability.

(All funds go toward hosting and supporting this 150th Anniversary special event.)

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (10am-5pm)
The Armies Prepare For The End of The War

  • The Arrival of the Generals
  • Formal Surrender Negotiations

(Meetings between Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph Eggleston Johnston inside the Bennett Home. Visitors can obtain a FREE Ticket at the Visitor Center, first come first serve to visit the meeting of the negotiations inside the house)

  • Meet the Bennett Family
  • Meet the Soldiers of Blue & Gray
  • Military Drills & Demonstrations of the Infantry and Cavalry
  • Accounts of Civilian Refugees
  • 19th Century Photography Studio-Chris Morgan
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Sutler Row & Artisan Demonstrations
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery (Visitor Center)
  • Book signings & presentations by well known historians and authors
  • Sons of Union Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • Daughters of Union Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • United Daughters of Confederate Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy, and Membership
  • North Carolina Civil War Tourism Council Display and Information
  • North Carolina Sesquicentennial Display and Information
  • Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. Membership and Display Table
  • Sponsors and local business supporters

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (10am-5pm)
Final Stacking of Arms and Closing Ceremonies

  • The Arrival of the Generals
  • Formal Surrender Negotiations

(Meetings between Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph Eggleston Johnston inside the Bennett Home. Visitors can obtain a FREE Ticket at the Visitor Center, first come first serve to visit the meeting of the negotiations inside the house.)

  • Meet the Bennett Family
  • Meet the Soldiers of Blue & Gray
  • Military Drills & Demonstrations of the Infantry and Cavalry
  • Accounts of Civilian Refugees
  • Musical Entertainment
  • 19th Century Photography Studio-Chris Morgan
  • Sutler Row & Artisan Demonstrations
  • New Museum Exhibit Gallery (Visitor Center)
  • Book signings & presentations by well known historians and authors
  • Sons of Union Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • Daughters of Union Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy Research, and Membership Table
  • United Daughters of Confederate Veterans Exhibit, Genealogy, and Membership
  • North Carolina Civil War Tourism Council Display and Information
  • North Carolina Sesquicentennial Display and Information
  • Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. Membership and Display Table
  • Sponsors and local business supporters
  • Johnston’s Farewell Address to His Troops
  • Final Stacking of Arms of the Army of Tennessee and the Issue of Paroles (This occurred in Greensboro, NC, but we will recreate it on the Bennett Farm)
  • Unity Monument Ceremony Honoring the Sacrifice of Americans

Wreath laying ceremony by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of Union Veterans, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans, Union and Confederate Soldiers, Special Presentations, and Keynote Speaker Mark Bradley.

All Activities will take place unless extreme weather conditions dictate changes or cancellation. Event activities are subject to change. Most of the participants are volunteering their time and personal resources to support this commemorative event and Bennett Place State Historic Site.

Please continue to check this information up to the date of the event activities.

THANK YOU for your support of Bennett Place State Historic Site and this 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

 

April 26-27, 2014

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

The meetings between Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph Eggleston Johnston on April 17-18, and 26, 1865 marked the surrender of 89,270 Confederate soldiers, the largest surrender of the American Civil War. We invite you to walk this hallowed ground where these adversaries met and experience the peace and reunification, which was brought to our country on April 26, 1865.

 

SATURDAY, April 26, 2014
10 AM
Bennett Farm, Union and Confederate Camps Open to the Public
ONGOING
Original artifacts of the Civil War and Bennett Family on exhibit in museum gallery
Special Temporary Exhibit of Bennett Family artifacts in the museum gallery
Author Jeff Toalson will be on site for book signings and talks
Exhibits and Genealogical Information by the Sons and Daughters of Confederate and Union Veterans Organizations
Union and Confederate Military Encampments
10:30 AM The Beginning of the End, Surrender at Appomattox Court House, Patrick Schroeder
(Presentation in Theater of Visitor Center)
11:30 AM The Road to Bennett Place & The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro, Bert Dunkerly
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
12:30 PM Surrenders of the Department of Alabama & Mississippi & Army of the Trans- Mississippi, Ryan Reed
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
1:30 PM Personal Stories of Union Veteran, Corporal Robert Fields, Patrick Schroeder
(Presentation at the Bennett Farm)
2:30 PM The Final Voyage of the C.S.S. Shenandoah, John Hairr
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
3:30 PM The Road to Bennett Place & The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro Bert Dunkerly
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
4:30 PM Activities End (Bennett Farm and Camps Close to the Public)
5 PM Bennett Place Historic Site Closes to the Public
7 PM-11 PM **The Grand Blue & Gray Ball, Bennett Place Museum Benefit(Old Murphey School just 3 miles West of Bennett Place on Old Hwy 10)
Tickets may be purchased at the Bennett Place Visitor Center or at the Old Murphey School the night of the Ball.
SUNDAY, April 27, 2014
10 AM
Bennett Farm, Union and Confederate Camps Open to the Public
ONGOING
Original artifacts of the Civil War and Bennett Family on exhibit in museum gallery
Special Temporary Exhibit of Bennett Family artifacts in the museum gallery
Exhibits and Genealogical Information by the Sons and Daughters of Confederate and Union Veterans Organizations
Union and Confederate Military Encampments
10:30 AM The Beginning of the End, Surrender at Appomattox Court House, Patrick Schroeder
(Presentation in Theater of Visitor Center)
11:00 AM The Myths of the Surrender at Appomattox Court House, Patrick Schroeder
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
12:00 NOON The Road to Bennett Place & The Confederate Surrender at Greensboro, Ryan Reed
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
1:00 PM The Power of Appomattox, Patrick Schroeder
(Presentation Theater of Visitor Center)
2:00 PM Unity Ceremony (Honoring the Soldiers & Civilians who gave their lives 1861-1865)
(Gather at the Unity Monument)
3:00 PM Activities End (Bennett Farm and Camps Close to the Public)
4:00 PM Bennett Place Historic Site Closes to the Publ

**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.

June 21-22
Soldiers of the Old North State.
Bennett Place State Historic Site.

North Carolina ultimately provided more soldiers to the defense of the Confederacy than any other Southern State. Visit with soldiers of the 6th North Carolina Infantry, Cedar Fork Rifles Company during the weekend encampment of living history on the Bennett Farm. Military training to include marching, weapon firings, and camplife will be among the various demonstrations. 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
Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War
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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.