The plantation holdings of the Bennehan-Cameron families of piedmont North Carolina were among the largest in the South. By 1860, the family owned almost 30,000 acres and nearly 900 slaves. Stagville, a plantation of several thousand acres, lay at the center of this enormous estate. While the Civil War raged around them, the residents of Stagville were insulated by land and money. The plantation, a self-sustaining community, continued through the war, but it was destined to fail with the defeat of the Confederacy. The vast amount of personal and business papers, as well as several original structures that remain, help us understand the workings of an antebellum plantation and the lives of the people who lived and labored there.
This education program, designed for 8th grade students, is one in a series that provides comprehensive, site-based learning experiences concerning the state's Civil War history. The program is a stand-alone unit, but its value is multiplied when combined with one or more additional units. Each program contains at least one supplemental lesson plan. These plans work best in support of the on-site activities, but can also be used if a site visit is not possible.
The story of Historic Stagville is a component for meeting the following NCSCS Goals for 8th Grade Social Studies:
The story of Historic Stagville is a component for meeting the following National Standard for the Social Sciences: