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.
Juneteenth at Stagville
June 8, 2019
12 to 5 pm
Juneteenth at Stagville: Commemorate emancipation at Stagville with children’s activities, open hearth cooking demonstrations, special tours about freedom, and USCT reenactors. Explore what freedom meant at Stagville in 1865, on the historic land where hundreds of families experienced emancipation at the end of the Civil War. FREE.
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.
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.