Take a ride on a wagon around the historic Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield’s annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. The program will include demonstrations by costumed interpreters and a festival atmosphere that will offer wagon rides provided by End of the Drive Mule Farm, carnival games, corn shucking contest, town ball, crafts, pumpkin hunt, and more!
Near the Harper House, historic interpreters will demonstrate the daily life of women and children. Get a glimpse of their everyday tasks such as open hearth cooking, spinning, and knitting. Visitors will be able to speak to the interpreters about how shortages affected their lives and what substitutions were made during the years of the Civil War.
Though admission for most games and activities are free, wagon rides will cost $2 each, children 5 and under are free! The Southern Snack Shack will be selling concessions. Everyone is invited to join in a game of town ball, a form of baseball that was played during 19th century community gatherings. The program is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities are subject to change without notice.
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, three miles north of Newton Grove in southern Johnston County. For more information call 910-594-0789.
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.