James Bennett settled on a 325-acre farm located in Orange County, North Carolina in 1846 with his wife Nancy and three children. There they raised corn, wheat, oats, potatoes, and hogs. Bennett was also a tailor, cobbler, and merchant who sold horse feed, tobacco plugs, and liquor. When the Civil War came, the Bennett sons, Lorenzo and Alfonso, enlisted but did not survive the conflict. Nor did his daughter Eliza's husband, Robert Duke. Bennett and his family would have probably passed into obscurity without the events that took place on their property in April, 1865. Here, generals Joseph E. Johnston and William T. Sherman met to negotiate the largest surrender of the Civil War.