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Bennett Place State Historic Site

4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, NC 27705, USA

Once the home of James and Nancy Bennitt (or Bennett), this 189 acre Piedmont North Carolina farm became the location of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War. Over the course of three days (April 17, 18, and 26, 1865) General William Tecumseh Sherman and General Joseph Eggleston Johnston deliberated the terms of surrender and peace, which helped reunite this country. In the final resolution, on April 26, 1865, 89, 270 Confederate soldiers who were still actively fighting in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina were officially surrendered. Three more primary surrenders followed in Citronelle, Alabama with the surrender of Lt. General Richard Taylor's army on May 4, 1865, in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 26, 1865 with the capitulation of General Kirby Smith's Army of the Trans Mississippi, and finally on June 23, 1865, American Indians (Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, and Osage) under the command of Brigadier General Stand Watie surrendered the last major army in the field at Doaksville, Oklahoma. Additionally, small bands of Confederate soldiers returning home turned over their weapons and furled their flags. The American Civil War was over.


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Coming from the West (Burlington/Hillsborough): I-85 N to Exit 170, Continue on Hwy 70 following "Brown Historic Site" Signs, Turn right on to Bennett Memorial Road, Turn right into Parking Lot of Visitor Center. Coming from the Northeast (Richmond/Petersburg, VA): I- 85 to Exit 173, Cole Mill Road, Turn Left on to Cole Mill Road traveling underneath I-85, Turn Right on to Hillsborough Road, Follow "Brown Historic Site" Signs, and Turn Left onto Neal Road, Turn Right on to Bennett Memorial Road, Turn Left into Parking Lot of Visitor Center. Coming from the East (Raleigh/Cary): I-40 to Hwy 147 through Durham, Exit 16B, on to Moreene Road, Turn Left at the top of the hill, crossing over 15/501 and continuing on, which automatically turns into Neal Road, At the intersection of Neal Road and Bennett Memorial Road turn Left, Turn Right into the Parking Lot of the Visitor Center.

Visitor Services

Museum Gallery, Visitor Center, Theater with orientation film "Dawn of Peace," Museum Gift Shop, Reference Library (Open by Appointment), Restrooms, Picnic Area, Nature Trails, Handicapped Accessible

Regular Events

April: Anniversary Commemoration of the Largest Surrender of the War, May: Memorial Day Remembrance, December: Christmas in the Carolinas

Available Interpretation

Signs, guided and self-guided tours, historians, museum, film, monuments, historic buildings and garden

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Admission Fee

Free, donations accepted


Tuesday- Saturday: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Closed: Sunday, Monday and most state holidays.



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