During the summer, guided tours are available three times per day during opening hours. Visitors are welcome to participate in self-guided tours during any open times; however, visitors are only permitted inside of historic structures with a guide.
Tours take up to an hour and include the Bennehan House, Horton House at Horton Grove, and The Great Barn. Bottled water is the only amenity sold at Stagville so plan to bring a sack lunch as there are picnic areas available for lunch. The Welcome Center has restroom facilities and is where all tours will begin.
Historic Stagville offers educational programming onsite Tuesday through Friday for two hours from 10am to 12pm. Each program meets Common Core and North Carolina State Curriculum Standards. The programs must be reserved at least a month in advance, have an 80-student maximum and require a deposit.
There are three different programs offered divided by grade level:
Life on a Plantation: Grades k-2. Students compare the lives of the family that owned the slaves to the lives of the slave family. Tour of the Bennehan home, slave cabins, and Great barn included.
Learning About Slavery Through Archaeology: Grades 3-5. Students participate in an archaeological dig simulation to learn the importance of studying history through artifacts uncovered at Horton Grove. Tour the site of the four original slave cabins, Bennehan home, and Great Barn while learning about artifacts uncovered in each location.
Slave Narratives at Stagville: Grades 6-12. Students will analyze WPA interviews from slaves that lived on Stagville Plantation to learn about the complex system of slavery and how slaves were treated on Stagville Plantation. Students will also learn to question and authenticate primary sources.
Internship opportunities are also available through Historic Stagville with a 150-minimum hour requirement. Internships are generally allotted for 16 weeks and interns are expected to spend several hours per week at the plantation reporting directly to the Assistant Site Manager. Interns will also be responsible for writing a newsletter for the Bennehan Bulletin, assisting in the education programing, genealogical research, Stagville research, and other projects.
What You Need to Know
When you arrive at Historic Stagville there will be two visitors lots available for parking. The Welcome Center will be visible from both lots at the back of the property and is where guided tours will be available. The only way to access entry into any of the structures is by participating in a guided tour. The Welcome Center is also where the restroom facilities and the Gift Shop is located. There are no dining facilities at Stagville; however, visitors can purchase bottled water at the Giftshop.
Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather when visiting the Plantation. All the buildings are handicapped accessible and assistance is available for visitors with special needs.
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Address: 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, North Carolina, 27712, website, Phone: 919-620-0120 Things to Do in Durham, NC: Historic Stagville - Photo: Historic Stagville
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