Stagville State Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Highway in Durham, contains the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantation belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 enslaved people and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860.
Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds.
It is free to visit Stagville State Historic Site. There are also many free and inexpensive events throughout the year.
Independence Day Celebration
July 5th, 2019
Frederick Douglass Community Reading: Commemorate Independence Day with a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ powerful Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” This is a participatory event, open to people of all ages! We will provide copies of the speech to all attendees, and read it out loud together as a community. FREE.
Women of Stagville Tour
Saturday, July 13th, 2019
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$5 (must purchase in advance; see above link)
Hear stories of enslaved women from Stagville, featuring their families, work, and resistance on one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. This tour features individual stories about Mary, Phebe, Emma, and other enslaved women, pieced together from oral history and archival sources.
These stories include violence and abuse, so these tours not ideal for young children. Tours will last approximately 1 hour. The tour will include walking and standing, both indoors and outdoors, including over uneven or wet ground.
Space is limited, and you must purchase a $5 tickets in advance. Tickets will not be refunded within 24 hours of event, or in the case of inclement weather, unless the event is canceled. If this event is sold out online, there will be no additional ticket sales at the door.
Stagville Under the Stars
August 23rd, 2019
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Stagville Under the Stars: Stargazing, storytelling, and science with Historic Stagville and the Morehead Planetarium. FREE.
Harvest Home School Day
October 18th, 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Harvest Home School Day: An educational day of hands-on activities for students of all ages, focused on the history of slavery and freedom in North Carolina. $4 per student.