Special Events / Field Trips

2018:   Special Events / Field Trips



“A Civil War Christmas” Holiday Open House   

Dec. 1, 2018:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Rd, Four Oaks, NC   27524.

Come celebrate a Civil War Christmas during this Holiday open house event.   Costumed interpreters will decorate the kitchen in festive themes using natural materials such as holly, magnolia, fruits, & popcorn strands.   Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music.   Costumed military interpreters will be available to discuss how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family.   This special event is free, and open to the public.   For details, go to http://www.fobb.net or send email request to Amanda Brantley at amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov or call her at (910) 594-0789 ext 203.

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Fort Branch Christmas   

Dec. 1, 2018:   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   Fort Branch Confederate Earthen Fort Civil War Site, 2883 Fort Branch Rd, Oak City, NC   27857.   Located 3 miles southeast of Hamilton, N.C.   Just off NC Hwy 125/903 at 2883 Fort Branch Road in Martin County on the Roanoke River.

The Fort holds a candlelight tour of recreated Christmas scenes.   Visitors enjoy refreshments, sharing an interest in history with the participants and caroling around the campfire.   For details, go to http://www.www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com or send email request to fort.branch.nc@gmail.com.

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Christmas in the Piedmont During the Civil War   

Dec. 15, 2018:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Bennett Place State Historic Site.   4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC   27705.

Visit Bennett Place during the Christmas season and witness how this occasion was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American Civil War.   Living historians will decorate the farm in a typical modest fashion of the time.   There will be cooking demonstrations in the kitchen house, Christmas decorations and packages in the main house, soldiers will be on hand to demonstrate Christmas in the field and of course, a visit with Ole St. Nick.   Complimentary hot apple cider will be available.   There will also be a bake sale where you can purchase some sweet treats.   All proceeds from the bake sale go towards the preservation of the site.   Cost: FREE.   For details, phone (919) 383-4345 or send email to benett@ncdcr.gov.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour Program   

Dec. 15, 2018:   6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   Bennett Place State Historic Site.   4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC   27705.

Under the glow of candle light, you can take a special guided tour around the farm and experience first-hand how soldiers and civilians experienced the holidays during a time of war.   Tours will take place every 20 minutes and tickets will be required.   Groups will need to be limited to approximately 15 people.   Complimentary hot apple cider will be available.   Cost:   $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child ages 5-16.   Under 5 free.   For details, phone (919) 383-4345 or send email to benett@ncdcr.gov.

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