Exploring Durham

Historic Stagville - NC’s largest pre-Civil War plantation
Apr. 20, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Historic Stagville is what remains of one of the largest plantation holdings of the pre-Civil War South. The plantation was owned by the Bennehan-Cameron family, who held 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres by 1860. The Bennehan and Cameron families left behind immense collections of personal and business papers, which provide detailed accounts of activities on the plantation and are used by historians today.

Currently, Historic Stagville is comprised of 71 acres, separated in three tracts. Numerous original structures still stand, including the late-18th-century Bennehan family plantation home, four enslaved family dwellings, a pre-Revolutionary War yeoman farmer’s home, a timber framed barn and the Bennehan Family cemetery. Stagville presents a picture of its African American community, and encourages visitors to take self-guided tours of the grounds. Stagville also offers public learning opportunities through educational programs.

Insider Tip: Look for the Osage Orange trees, which are an original feature of the historic plantation. For more information, visit http://www.stagville.org/.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.