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“Significant, but under appreciated, Civil War Site to visit”

Bennett Place Historic Site
Ranked #11 of 77 things to do in Durham
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
262 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Significant, but under appreciated, Civil War Site to visit”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

While Lee's surrender of 26,000 troops to Grant at Appomatox Court House may have set the stage for the end of the Civil War, Joe Johnston's surrender of 89,000 troops to Sherman ~two weeks later at Bennett Place effectively ended the war. Few - even North Carolinians - know much if at all about the surrender negotiations that took place at Bennett's farm, situated half way between the two opposing armies. This is a North Carolina Historic Site and, while it has a self-guided tour, there may be a docent in attendance to take you around. My group's guide was Angelina, a sophomore in high school who volunteered her time on Saturdays. She was knowledgeable and personable. If you are looking for grandeur, don't visit. But if you are looking to experience a location with a lot of historical significance, this is a place to visit.

Visited March 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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154 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“Very underrated site, a hidden gem”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We had a tour guide that really put this ground into prospective. There were also a couple of reenactors on the grounds as well. The meeting and later friendship between these two former adversaries (Gen Sherman and Gen Johnston) took place at the Bennett House. Next year is the 150 yr anniversary of the meeting. This is another free museum. I highly recommend it.

Visited April 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Visit if you are a big history buff”
Reviewed 17 April 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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Durham, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“April Reenactment of Johnson's Surrender”
Reviewed 15 April 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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31 attraction reviews
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“One of the civil war surrender sites”
Reviewed 9 April 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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