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Bennett Place Historic Site

Address: 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919-383-4345
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Ranked #13 of 27 Attractions in Durham
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Mequon, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We arrived late in the day, after touring several other sites, and were a bit toured out...but Timothy really made the stop worthwhile. We learned so much about the history of the time, and he told it with a sense of humor that made history come alive for us. You think you remember U.S. History, but you don't. Our books... More

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Plain City, Ohio
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34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If I ever learned about this site in history, I certainly don't remember. I had always thought that Appomattox was the only surrender site. This site is small, but interesting and certainly deserves more attention than what it gets. The museum and grounds are free to visit, but donations are greatly appreciated. The grounds preserve the road base where Johnston... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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40 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is the place where Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered about 89,000 Confederate forces remaining in the field in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas to Major General William T. Sherman. Negotiations began on April 17, 8 days after Lee had surrendered roughly 25,000 troops to Grant at Appomattox Court House and 2 days after the death of President Lincoln.... More

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129 reviews 129 reviews
28 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Visited here on a road trip to Florida. Very nice place to visit, not in the mainstream of civil war sites, but as the site of the largest surrender of the civil war it's worth a visit for anyone interested in the American Civil War. It's not open everyday, so check the website for details. Very good visitor/souvenir centre. There's... More

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New York City, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We found this small, amazing place which was on one of the few highlights of our visit to Durham, NC. It actually explains history in a different way than most of us learned about the Civil War era in school. To simplify this was the actual place where the war ended as this surrender by the Confederacy was much larger... More

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The site itself is very small, surrounded by modern growth from the city of Durham. The grounds sport a nice museum and reconstructed Bennett house, kitchen and smokehouse. My wife and I were the only ones at the site in time for the 1:00 PM Sunday tour, and we wished we hadn't. Although well meaning and knowledgeable on many subjects... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Bennett Place was the site of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War (Gen. Joseph Johnson and General Sherman) in 1865. The surrender took place at the home of James and Nancy Bennett. The museum is small but contains a lot of information. Take the time to talk to some of the reenactors and they will have some interesting... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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263 reviews 263 reviews
60 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Fun place to visit but it is rather small. Enjoy the informative movie and museum. There are outbuildings but they were locked.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I went with my daughter who is a history grad student at Duke and we both found this a very interesting visit. The guide was extremely knowledgable of the history of Carolina -slaves-life-and the civil war. I would go back again as there always seems to be more to learn.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

While Lee's surrender of 26,000 troops to Grant at Appomatox Court House may have set the stage for the end of the Civil War, Joe Johnston's surrender of 89,000 troops to Sherman ~two weeks later at Bennett Place effectively ended the war. Few - even North Carolinians - know much if at all about the surrender negotiations that took place... More

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