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“Visit if you are a big history buff”

Bennett Place Historic Site
Ranked #11 of 74 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Visit if you are a big history buff”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you really care about the minute details of the American Civil War, well, this is a pretty historic place. And entrance is free (although donations are certainly much needed). But other than that, there is not much to see here. It is more of a "been there done that" for Civil War history buffs

Visited April 2014
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English first
Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“April Reenactment of Johnson's Surrender”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Every April the Bennett place hosts Sherman and Joe Johnson, who surrendered there in 1865, surrendering a larger army than the one surrendered at Gettysburg only a few weeks earlier. Civil War reenactors play the roles of Union and Confederate troops who met to end a war on the old Raleigh Road near Durham Station. Well worth a looksee.

Visited May 2013
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Canada
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“One of the civil war surrender sites”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was the first stop of my coastal civil war trip. Gen Johnston surrendered the Confederate army under his command here to Gen Sherman. It is a small site. The chimney of the original building is all that remains. There is a short film that I found to be average. The guy at the visitor center was fairly knowledgeable though and I found the small museum there to provide a nice overview of North Carolina at that time. You only need about an hour to do everything here.

Visited March 2014
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Fascinating piece of Civil War history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

The site is situated a few miles outside Durham and is easy to find.

It comprises a small, but interesting, museum and also shows a short (17 minute) introduction film which is interesting and gives good context and background to the site, and the key events it hosted.

The farm buildings themselves are pretty exact replicas, and were constructed using drawings made when the opposing generals met there towards the end of the war.

It would take around 15 minutes to walk around the site and see the buildings, but I strongly recommend that you take the guided tour, especially if Kevin is hosting it. He gave a fascinating account of some of the main events and characters of the war, what happened at Bennett Place, and also spanned approximately 250 years of local and national history while walking around the site. Kevin made it feel more like a conversation than a tour, and he has a terrifically engaging, friendly and easy going style and it was a pleasure to listen to him talk about the war and also some anecdotes from more recent history.

Thanks Kevin, on our visit you kept 2 Brits and an American highly entertained and taught those of us who thought we knew a reasonable amount about the conflict and main characters a few new things too.

Without taking the tour I would have given 3 stars after visiting. Kevin’s tour easily adds 2 more to give 5 stars.

Visited December 2013
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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Bennetts Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Thanks to the Government Shutdown we were directed by Durham Tourist Information to this site. Not so well known but just a interesting and significant as any other Civil War site. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the journey to the Bennetts Place very worthwhile.

Visited October 2013
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