There are some pretty incredible sites across the USA when it comes to history, but one of the most significant might be Historic Stagville, found in Durham, North Carolina.
Here, you will find the remnants of one of the largest plantations that existed of the pre-Civil War South. There is so much history there, if it was all in a book it would be an encyclopaedia! So kids, get ready to take a walk down history lane!
Historic Stagville was once owned by the Bennehan-Cameron family. Their combined holdings totalled around 30,000 acres of land by the time 1860 hit, and they owned around 900 slaves.
Today, the site is around 71 acres, in three tracts. There are a number of original structures still standing. These include two-story enslaved family dwellings, a framed timber barn, and even the Bennehan Family cemetery.
Don’t miss the late 18th century family plantation home either. Just imagine how it would have been to live there over a century ago. You can really gain an insight into the family through the artifacts that still remain, including family letters and documents.
It really is a fascinating view into the past, especially when it comes to the African American community. When you visit, you will be able to guide yourself, so you can take as little or as long as you need to really take it all in.
As well as self-guiding experiences, Historic Stagville also host a number of learning opportunities, so just when you thought you couldn’t learn any more…you can!
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, so you know it really is a special place to visit.
History is waiting in North Carolina, and when you visit, you will be joining their history too!