The Bennett Place Historic Site tells the story of the largest surrender by the Confederate Army during the US Civil War. Anyone who doesn't see the history in this place truly doesn't understand the significance of even a small farm such as this. James Bennett was a yeoman farmer who built his farm along the main thoroughfare. As a simple farmer who owned no slaves, James Bennett had to rely on his family to run the farm. The farm did not consist of much other than what you see. However due to a fire, the only original structure left is the stone fireplace. The existing farmhouse is actually made from original wood from a nearby home and reconstructed to how the Bennett farmhouse looked. All the items inside are from the period, but didn't belong to the Bennetts.
The visitor's center has a small museum which provides a description of the period and the Bennett family. There is a 17 minute video which is worth it. You have the option of a guided tour or doing it by yourself. The guided tours leave on the hour, and are the only way to see inside the farmhouse and kitchen as they are kept locked otherwise. The site is free, but donations are welcome.
The road that leads past the farmhouse and kitchen is the only original section left of the Hillsboro Road. The kitchen is where the Bennett family retreated to during the negotiations that happened in the main house. It is interesting to walk along the road and think of what it was like back then when the Bennett family witnessed the two sides approach their farm and enter into negotiations. It was pure coincidental that their humble place happened to be half way between the two opposing sides. It is a shame that the event is not as well known as it should be and more people visit the historic site.
I would highly recommend the Bennett Place Historic Site for anyone interested in history, not just in the civil war but US history overall.
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