Historic Stagville

North Carolina’s largest antebellum plantation, Historic Stagville, offers guided tours of the late 18th-century Bennehan House, the Holman House (original slave quarters dating to 1851) and the Great Barn, the largest agricultural building in North Carolina when it was built. Go on self-guided tours to see the original foundations for the kitchen and a domestic slave cabin, as well as the Bennehan Family Graveyard where Richard Bennehan (who began Stagville Plantation), his wife, Mary, and their son, Thomas, are buried.

Other places to visit on your own include a kitchen vegetable and herb garden, 20th-century tobacco barns, the Horton Cottage (a pre-revolutionary-era home inhabited by William Horton and his family); and the Hart House, an original slave quarter that was updated during the decades of sharecropping on the plantation.

The site is open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The historic structures are open only for guided tours, but visitors are welcome to explore the plantation on their own to view the exterior of buildings. Call ahead to find out when tours are running.

Plan to dress comfortably and pack a picnic as no food or drink is available, aside from bottled water for sale in the Welcome Center. The site has picnic tables and you can also spread a blanket on the grounds. Before you set out, view these very specific directions for finding the plantation.

(Courtesy North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources)

(Courtesy North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources)


5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham, NC 27712
United States