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“Great tour - where it all ended!”

Bennett Place Historic Site
Ranked #10 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Visiting from the UK I was keen to learn as much as I could about the Civil War and the Bennett Place site was a great place to start. Although this is where the Civil War actually ended Bill Bryant the Tour Guide was fantastic and spent alot of time explaining the Civil War and the role Bennett Place and the Bennett family has in its history. The tour, museum and video are all worth including in a visit. Fab place and highly recommended for anyone interested in the Civil War and impact on North Carolina. Bennett Place is run by volunteers and relies on donations.

Thank sallyannejohn
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

This is a small site, but the tour guide we had was excellent and spent a lot of time with our family giving great insights. The home was interesting, but the kitchen house more so.

Small site but great tour guide for 1.5-2 hours.

Thank JamesSMc
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

This National Historic site is a must see to anyone who has 1-3 hours to see just how the Civil War ended. As usual, this place almost was destroyed but the locals kept it alive and now has protected status. Thank you! John's tidbit of advice is to ask when the next scheduled walking tour will be. You may luck out and get there right when one starts. This site will show you just how little you really know about the end of the Civil War.

Thank TheTikiTravelPlanner
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Most of us were taught that the Civil War ended with Lee's surrender of 28,000 Confederate troops at Appomattox. However, Lee surrendered only the Army of Northern Virginia. The far larger surrender of more than 89,000 troops representing the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida --the entire east coast south of Virginia-- occurred several weeks later, at Bennett Place. It's an interesting story of the Northern general (Sherman) initially acting on his own, and the Southern general (Johnston) actually defying Jefferson Davis' orders when he accepted the final surrender terms.

The house you see today is the exact surrender location. A fire in the 1920s destroyed most of the original house, but the stone fireplace and chimney remained standing. A nearby house of similar age, size, and layout was relocated to the Bennett fireplace & chimney --you'll see the age of the ceiling beams and flooring-- and looks like the contemporaneous drawings made and published in 1865.

Admission is normally free. It was pure coincidence that my wife and I happened to visit the weekend of the 153rd anniversary of the surrender, with a large number of Civil War reenactors, period campsites, and cavalry demonstrations. It was *not* crowded, and the weekend's 'special event' fee of only $3 per person was well worth it.

Our visit was one of those unexpected pleasant "discoveries" that sometimes happen when travelling. If you're anywhere in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or surrounding areas, Bennett Place is worth a visit.

Thank Jim-or-Julie
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

The little museum illustrates aspects of life at the end of the Civil War. The film explains Johnston's surrender to Sherman and how it affected the Bennett family. The house is a reconstruction from illustrations made during the actual surrender.
I bring any visitors to the area here. Everyone learns something, and I don't mind going back.

Thank CrystalClearTravels
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