Raleigh and Durham for the History Buff

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, a trip back in time is as close as a visit to one of the Raleigh-Durham area’s historic sites, where docents, re-enactors and historians offer an authentic look into the past. Learn the true stories and forces that shaped historic North Carolina figures.

  • Enter the plantation manor of Revolutionary War patriot Joel Lane, who sold 1,000 acres of his estate to establish Raleigh as North Carolina's capital.
  • Explore Historic Stagville, the site of North Carolina’s largest antebellum plantation.
  • Walk where Confederate troops mounted a tactical offensive against Union troops in the last full-scale battle of the Civil War.
  • Head to Bennett Place State Historic Site, where the largest troop surrender of the Civil War occurred.
  • Tour the Executive Mansion and State Capitol, historic sites where the current North Carolina governor still lives and works.
  • Remember those lost in battle at Historic Oakwood Cemetery.