Averasboro Battlefield & Museum

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum, Dunn

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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A Civil War battlefield that has remained nearly untouched since the war.
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gwkelley
Raleigh, NC602 contributions
Walk Through History
May 2021
The open area Battlefield and Museum is for those who really enjoy history and love the tranquility of the present while appreciating the past.
Written May 16, 2021
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Tom C
Westminster, MA23 contributions
A hidden gem amongst civil war battlefields
Mar 2021
I recently moved my daughter from Massachusetts to Florence, South Carolina. I had one of my sons along for the ride. We were towing the U-Haul trailer down and back. My six children and I are civil war reenactors, so the two of us decided to battlefield crawl on the way home.

Our first stop was Averasboro Battlefield Museum in Dunn, North Carolina. The Museum is a privately owned and run preservation site. It is a hidden gem, and the word needs to get out.

Averasboro was the site of a delaying action by Confederate General William J Hardee, West Point Graduate, author of Hardee’s Drill and Infantry Tactics, and inventor of the famous Hardee Hat worn by the Unions Iron Brigade. Hardee was trying to slow William T Sherman and determine the destination of the Union Army. He succeeds in both, and later confederate forces engaged the Union in Bentonville, the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive.

The Museum has one of the best collections of relics from the war I have ever seen. It is not the largest, but the quality is incredible. They also maintain 24 acres of the battleground to include a civil war cemetery. Having visited both, it reminded me of the small Union cemetery at Balls Bluff where so many men of the 15th MA had fallen and were buried.

Coming in from the south the drive out to the museum goes along the route of march of the confederate forces and the signage is plentiful.

The volunteers are all men and women of the greatest generation and true to form are soldiering on keeping this place alive. I strongly suggest anyone with a love of history visit and support this museum.
Written March 12, 2021
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Brad
Albuquerque, NM189 contributions
Great Stop
Jan 2021
We were on a road trip and decided to make a quick stop.

The museum was not open but we walked around and read the signs. We drove to the cemetery about a mile away (tiny, tiny cemetery).

While not a major civil war battlefield, it was great to stop and appreciate the history and location.
Written February 1, 2021
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY720 contributions
S two day civil war battle.
Sep 2019
Starting on the afternoon of March 15th & ending the the 16th, 1865, the southern army lead bu General William Hardee matched wits with union general William T. Sherman. The battle started at the south's first defensive line working north to the third line of line of defense. Hardee's orders were to delay Sherman's forces in order to allow southern general Joseph Johnson to bring his reinforces, which was accomplished. On the night of the 6th Hardee retreated under the cover of darkness.

A visit happens in two parts-where the battle took place & the museum. Thee are at least three tour stops. The first being the Chicor Confederate Cemetery about a 1/4 mile to the east-has at least 50 buried soldiers. Outside the cemetery are memorials to the South & North Carolina soldiers & McLaws Division. The last stop is the federal hospital & information stand of the prelude & battle. There separate road signs however they are on private properly & no place to place. for a quick read.

Once the museum opened I was treated to a 1:15 time period of the forces were positioned, attacked & counterattacked, dropping back back to prepared southern line & total withdraw on the night of March 16. Possibly could have cut the talk short, yet the talk was so detailed & enjoyable had to hear the complete talk. Must admit never had a civil war battle told in detail.Never learned the man's name, however he was enjoying himself while using a large wall mounted map to explain the battle. After the talk had lunch then a complete tour of the museum.

The museum has the large battle maps, small south & north army figures for model battle scenes, all kinds of rifles, muskets, a few revolvers/pistols, lots of bullets, clothing-military/civilian-army equipment all located behind glass cases.

Since the museum opens at 10:00-5:00, I recommend an auto tour first followed with the museum. There is no admission however are appreciated. The small gift shop has much to look over. During the warmer months are battle reenactments.

The battlefield/museum is located at least four miles east of I-95, Exit 71. If using a GPS unit a visitor may not get a match which happened to me. Called the museum explaining the problem, was told to use Exit 71 and follow the brown signs. Following his instructions had no problems. The museum is located on the right, just look for a large Averaboro Battlefield Museum road sign.

Don't expect a Gettysburg with all the monuments & statues. A complete visit-battlefield & museum-will last at most two hours. Parking is grass'gravel. Met two polite & helpful volunteers. The museum is closed Sunday & Monday with auto tours from sunrise to sunset.

I realize this review is long for such small battlefield & museum, yet I highly recommend a complete visit. The surrounding country is open & very scenic.
Written November 6, 2019
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Murfcat
Charleston, SC277 contributions
A Remarkable Collection of Artifacts!
Jul 2019 • Solo
After visiting a national parks civil war site (Richmond Tredegar) and a State site (Battle of Bentonville), I was very impressed by this battlefield site maintained by a preservation group! They have done a remarkable job in less than 10 years. Was happy to support their worthy effort.
Written July 25, 2019
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,313 contributions
History
Jul 2019 • Family
Great little museum and site. The artifacts are great and the introduction film is nice. The staff is so friendly. Well worth a visit.
Written July 18, 2019
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Robert Mosley
Wilkes-Barre, PA452 contributions
Very nice scenery...
Jul 2019 • Couples
It's not like Gettysburg with statues and monuments so don't expect that. It is however very beautiful country that should be seen and appreciated....
Written July 13, 2019
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Lisa H
Dunn, NC57 contributions
Day tripping
Jun 2019 • Family
The museum is nice.small but lots of history there.the battles they reenact are cool to sit and watch.most kids don't care about history.but my oldest likes to see where things happen.as we get older we appreciate things more.there is also an old war hospital just further down the rd from here.hwy 82 is loaded with plaques of interesting facts.lol..the cemetery u can see from the museum is cool to look at to.check it out when u in the area.
Written June 4, 2019
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hippy_chippy_12
Wagga Wagga, Australia35 contributions
A Hidden Gem!
Nov 2018 • Family
A lovely, little, free museum, with a passionate volunteer, who gave our family a fantastic talk about the history of the site. A surprising little hidden gem, well worth the visit, even if you are not a history buff.
Written January 6, 2019
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Tim
Erwin6 contributions
History
Apr 2018 • Couples
Had a good time walking around grounds,also museum was great.A lot of more history all around,cemeteries,Old Bluff Church,a lot of things too see.
Written July 9, 2018
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Averasboro Battlefield & Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM