Special Events



April 7, 2018

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 this year will include cleaning up the picnic area, sanding and protecting the picnic tables, kitchen garden work, and sprucing up the Bennett family cemetery.  Projects scheduled are subject to change.  Program runs 10 am-2 pm. Volunteers please contact the Bennett Place staff for more information.  Rain day will be Saturday April 14th.


April 10-13, 2018

4th 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.


April 21-22, 2018

153rd 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 153 years ago.  Cavalry units that accompanied the generals will be represented this year by the 10th Illinois unit and the 1st North Carolina Unit.  Special guided tours will take the visitor inside the home to learn about the negotiations that took place in the parlor.  Lectures provided by noted historians will cover subject matter that discusses how the end of the war impacted both the military as well as the civilian population.  Program is Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Cost: $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16. Under 5 FREE



May 26-27, 2018

Annual 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. A Special traveling exhibit entitled “Profiles of Honor” will be on site for both days.  Program is Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Cost: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-16.  Under 5 FREE


September 29-30, 2018

School of the Soldier Event

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 10am – 3 pm. Cost: FREE


December 15, 2018

Christmas in the Piedmont during the Civil WarBennett 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.   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 will be available. There will also be a bake sale where you can purchase some sweet treats.  All proceeds from the bake sale go towards the preservation of the site.

Program is Saturday 10am – 4pm.   Cost: FREE


December 15, 2018 – Evening

Christmas Candlelight Tour Program.  Bennett Place State Historic Site.

Under the glow of candle light, you can take a special guided tour around the farm and experience first-hand how soldiers and civilians experienced the holidays during a time of war.  Tours will take place every 20 minutes and tickets will be required.  Groups will need to be limited to approximately 15 people.  Complimentary hot apple cider will be available.  Program is Saturday 6pm-9pm Cost of $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16.  Under 5 free.