Special Events

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



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.


Saturday August 12th 9:30 – 4:00

Build a Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

Calling all you bird fans out there.  Come to Bennett Place on Saturday August 12th beginning at 9:30 and take a class on turning a gourd into a housebirdhouse for your winged friends. Diane Frankenfield from the North Carolina Gourd Society will be here to teach you how to make this creative twist on the old-fashioned bird house.  The cost for this class is $35.00 and includes all the materials you need along with a light lunch.  At the end of the class, you will take home a finished bird house that you can hang up in your yard.  This project not only helps your winged friends but also helps preserve this historic site.  The revenue generated from the admission to the class goes directly back to the site to help maintain and preserve the site.  This class is open to all ages and skill levels and is limited to no more than 10 students so contact the staff at Bennett Place and reserve your spot.
Please RSVP no later than August 7th.
Payment can be made at the time of the class by either check, cash or credit card.  For more information, please contact the staff at 919-383-4345 Tuesday through Saturday.


October 7, 2017

3rd annual Reunion and Remembrance. Bennett Place State Historic Site.

The people of North Carolina and other southern states were affected by the war from the loss of their sons, fathers and brothers as well as a loss of their economy. Hear from living historians the true cost of war, and discover how Southerners and Northerners alike, tried to rebuild their lives after four bloody years of War.


December 16, 2017 – Note this is a new date for this event!

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.