2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2017
The Civilian’s War a lecture series. Bennett Place State Historic Site.
March is Women’s history month and we will be highlighting the role women took both during and following the Civil War with an exciting lineup of lectures each Saturday in March. Come and listen to these historians and authors as they showcase some of the exceptional women who lived, loved and struggled to survive during the tumultuous years of the war.
March 4 – Angela Marritt: Women Working during Reconstruction
March 11 – Michelle Lanier: African American Women During the Civil War
March 18 – Linda Humphries: Mourning Etiquette & Rituals During the Civil War
March 25 – Brenda McKean: Shortages on the Home Front During the Civil War
Admission is $5.00 per person. Lecture begins at 1pm in the theater of the visitor center. For more information, please contact the Bennett Place Staff.
April 1, 2017
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 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. Rain day is Saturday April 8th.
April 8, 2017
2nd Annual Hillsborough Walking tour
Bennett Place is working in conjunction with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough again to bring you this exciting and informative tour around Historic Hillsborough to learn about the town’s unique history and how the end of the war affected the residents. You’ll visit several important places around the town with historians familiar with its rich history. At several locations you will meet reenactors playing out scenes that occurred during the war. This tour will be limited to 25 ticket sales which you can purchase beginning in January by calling the Hillsborough Visitor Center at 919-732-7741. The tour will begin at 1:00pm and conclude at 4:00 pm. This tour requires the ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time.
April 22, 2017
152nd Anniversary Surrender Commemoration. Bennett Place State Historic Site.
Join us as we remember the events that occurred inside the home of James and Nancy Bennett 152 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 FREE
April 25, 26, 27, 2017
3rd Annual Civil War School Days. Bennett Place State Historic Site.
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. Cost: FREE, donations greatly appreciated.
May 27-28, 2017
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 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. This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into WW1 and the 75th anniversary of WW2. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm. FREE
June 10, 2017 (rain date June 17)
I’m Dyeing Here (dyeing techniques of the 19th century). Bennett Place State Historic Site
Have you ever wondered what people used in the mid-19th century to dye their clothes? What color do you get from the black walnut? What does a mordant do? Come to Bennett Place and learn the basics of dyeing from historian Robert McKean. This class is designed for beginners or for those who want to improve their skills and is limited to 6 students. Cost includes a light lunch and materials. At the end of the class you will take away 2 skeins of dyed yarn enough to knit a pair of socks or a nice scarf. Cost $65.00 per person. Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm. Reservations must be made no later than April 30, 2017 in order to secure a spot in the class. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Make check payable to Bennett Place State Historic Site and mail to 4409 Bennett Memorial Road Durham, NC 27705. Please contact the Bennett Place Staff to make your reservation and for more information.
September 23-24, 2017
3rd annual School of the Soldier Event. Bennett Place State Historic Site
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. FREE
October 7, 2017
3rd annual Reunion and Remembrance. Bennett Place State Historic Site.
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 1890 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. There will be 2 guided tours – one at 11:30am and the other at 2:00pm. There will be other activities going on during the day in addition to the guided tours. Admission: $3.00 per Adult and $2.00 per child.
December 9, 2017
Annual Christmas in the Piedmont and our signature Candlelight Tour Program. Bennett Place State Historic Site.
Visit Bennett Place during the day 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 to all along with a bake sale. All proceeds from the sale go towards to continued preservation of the site. Program runs 10:00 until 4:00. FREE
Come back later that evening for our newest edition to the Christmas holiday event with our Candlelight Tour Program. This event will take visitors around the site where they will watch and listen as both soldiers and civilians celebrate the holiday. This is a family oriented program and one that will be enjoyed by both young and old. Tickets will be required. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available. Program runs 6pm-9pm Admission: $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 free.