Special Events

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

2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

150thAnniversary of the American Civil War

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 and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Past Events

 

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.

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.

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