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Bennett Place, Durham

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Bennett Place, sometimes known as Bennett Farm, in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, was the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the American Civil War, on April 26, 1865.
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  • First of all, it's free. Secondly, it's good enough to pay real money for. It is the farmhouse site of the Confederate surrender that finally ended the Civil War. Our visit was three parts: movie, mus...  more »
  • Located just outside Durham. This is the farmstead where Generals Johnston and Sherman met, after Lee had surrendered to Grant, to surrender over 3x the number of soldiers who had been covered at Appa...  more »
  • Bennett Place is not so much where the war ended as where Reconstruction began. Reconstruction is, by far, the sorriest chapter in American history. It receives less attention and more gloss than any ...  more »
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  • A really cool surprise! Shrimp and grits are worth going over points on weight watchers! We had chocolate cake which might have been just ok BUT the waitress warmed it up and it was fabulous. Prices are fair and menu has great variety. I'll be back.
  • Few know that the Civil War actually ended here. There is a great human story behind the surrender but better to visit and discover it yourself. Plan on at least 30 minutes to get the essence but an hour is needed to see the exhibits and tour the grounds. There is plenty of parking and picnic tables under the trees.
  • Cool exhibit, but very small. I enjoyed everything there - viewing the houses, the mini museum, the nature walk, and the staff. DEFINITELY a 5-star potential place, if the state would throw a little more $ at it.
  • Largest Confederate surrender of the Civil War in terms of numbers of troops. Sherman and his counterpart Johnson met here three times to finalize the terms of Confederate surrender. Sherman also kept Raleigh from a potential riot. No battle took place here, so the tours focus on life at Bennett place or life during the 1850s. Eliza Bennett married a Duke, so there's some history of the Duke's and Durham interspersed.
  • Such an important chapter to the end of the Civil War. Glad to know this piece of land is cared for and maintained. Friendly staff and perfect short nature trail, too!

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