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Stagville State Historic Site

5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, NC 27712
+1 919-620-0120
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Ranked #13 of 36 Attractions in Durham
Type: State Parks
Owner description: Stagville is the site of the largest antebellum plantation complex in North Carolina. By 1860, this lands, owned by the Bennehan and Cameron families,... more » Owner description: Stagville is the site of the largest antebellum plantation complex in North Carolina. By 1860, this lands, owned by the Bennehan and Cameron families, spread out over 30,000 acres (47 sq. miles) and was home to over 900 enslaved people. Our goal is to provide a balanced interpretation through tours and special events that tell the story of free and enslaved people who called Stagville home. « less
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East Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This visit was so interesting! You meet a guide at the visitors center. Watch a very worthwhile 15 minute film. Walk to the old house first. Get into your car and go to the three remaining enslaved homes. Get into your car and go see the original barn. Such an interesting story! They are able to tell it because of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I had a working meeting here and during lunch we explored the site. The repicas of slave cabins and the land owners house provided a grat insight into what life was like in the 1800's. Great educatio al site for all history buffs.

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Orangeville, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We did not really know what to expect at Stagville Plantation but were very pleasantly surprised! A young university student was our guide. Well informed and able to answer lots of questions. Tour starts with a short & informative video which fills the visitor in on background, ownership, etc. First portion of tour is the main house which seems a... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Excellent and moving experience. The history held at Stagville is amazing. If you are a history lover or even have an ancestral connection to Durham you definitely want to see Stagville

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The Stagville Historic site was a great place to visit and to take my daughter and niece to learn about their African-American history that is so often not taught in the school curriculum. As an educator, I feel it is important to learn about our history in order to move forward and make improvements in the future. What surprised me... More

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Bahama, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been here several times. The people who maintain the site dont seem to care. The dont care if you are there, if you are not, they just dont seem to care period. Any association with them takes all the joy and wonder out of the place. I thought it was just an off day the first time but... More

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

During my civil war tour I had some time and visited this excellent place. I am surprised by how few reviews it has - a real shame. Although it was cold and raining, my guide Beverly provided an excellent tour of the house, the barn and the slave quarters - well described in wbulleye's review below. She described the plantation... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We did not do the regular tour, and cannot comment on that, but signed up for a special event they hold called Let Them Be Heard. Back in the 1930s, the WPA established by Franklin Roosevelt, hired unemployed writers to interview former slaves so their stories could be recorded. Stagville has created this program where people tell these stories as... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Very well preserved buildings and grounds. Staff is knowledgeable and accurate in their presentations and answers to questions. Budget cutbacks from Raleigh legislators had slowed, but not ended, this site's programs and curatorial duties. I was their early in the morning--right after they opened, and pretty much had the place to myself. Great for standing somewhere and trying to imagine... More

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Mineral Wells
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is a great free (donations accepted) attraction for everyone. It is a sad time in our history, but well-preserved home, quarters, & barn are sites to behold. Incredibly well built and maintained grounds. Nice place for a picnic on a warm day. The guides are so knowledgeable and we learned so much!

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