Bentonville Battlefield to Host Christmas Open House

See how soldiers observed Christmas during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.
Four Oaks

Enjoy a glimpse at how Christmas was celebrated in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site’s Holiday Open House will take place Dec. 2. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.

Members of Co. D 27th NC Troops will demonstrate how Civil War-era North Carolina soldiers and civilians celebrated the holidays. Visitors can wander through a small military camp and vote on their favorite decorated tent. Children will get the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt. If all items on the scavenger hunt are found, they can claim a small prize. 

Guests will also enjoy seeing the festively decorated Harper House kitchen, where volunteers will serve hot cider and cookies. To get into the spirit of the season, you can help the costumed interpreters string popcorn and cranberries to decorate the Christmas tree.

The Harper House, which was used as a hospital during the Battle of Bentonville, will be open for hourly tours.  

For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or call (910) 594-0789.

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, involved 80,000 troops and was the last Confederate offensive against Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site interprets the battle and the hospital, where many Confederates were left in the aftermath.

The site is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, 3 miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville. 

Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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