Teaching through our historic sites

Teaching Through Our Historic Sites

Our Historic Sites


Bennett Place

Durham, N.C.

This simple farmhouse was the site of the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War. Learn about Bennett Place

Bentonville Battlefield

Four Oaks, N.C.

The largest Civil War battle fought in North Carolina was the only significant attempt to defeat Gen. William T. Sherman during his march through the Carolinas. Learn about Bentonville Battlefield

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

Winnabow, N.C.

Fort Anderson was part of the interior Cape Fear defenses protecting the port of Wilmington. Learn about Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

CSS Neuse Ironclad Warship

Kinston, N.C.

The Neuse was a product of the Confederate navy's ill-fated attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and retake the city of New Bern. Learn about the CSS Neuse

Historic Edenton

Edenton, N.C.

The story of Harriet Jacobs, an enslaved woman who escaped in 1842 and became an abolitionist and relief worker during the Civil War, is told here. Learn about Historic Edenton

Fort Fisher

Kure Beach, N.C.

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies. Learn about Fort Fisher

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Manteo, N.C.

The 1862 Battle of Roanoke Island and the subsequent occupation by Union forces also led to the establishment of the Freedmen's Colony on the island's north end. Learn about Roanoke Island Festival Park

Somerset Place

Creswell, N.C.

Somerset Place offers a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Learn about Somerset Place

Historic Stagville

Durham, N.C.

On this land stand the late 18th-century Bennehan House, four rare slave houses, a pre-Revolutionary War farmer's house, a huge timber framed barn, and the Bennehan Family cemetery. Learn about Historic Stagville

State Capitol

Raleigh, N.C.

North Carolina's official entrance into the Civil War took place on the floor of the Commons Hall in the North Carolina State Capitol. Learn about the State Capitol

Tryon Palace

New Bern, N.C.

At the outset of hostilities in 1861, New Bern sentiment mirrored that of North Carolina as a whole; it was divided. Learn about New Bern during the War

Vance Birthplace

Weaverville, N.C.

This pioneer farmstead features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance – Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator. Learn about Vance Birthplace