This Week in Durham History

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

Durham opens its first post office

The Durham's Station Post Office opened April 26, 1853, giving the name "Durham" a place on the map. The city observed its centennial on April 26, 1953.

Largest military surrender of The Civil War at Bennett Place

On April 26, 1865, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman met at the Bennett Place farm near Durham's Station, where Johnston signed a military surrender. The agreement marked the largest troop surrender of the Civil War and the end of war in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. The armies' presence boosted Durham's tobacco business by introducing the troops to the area's tobacco.