FOUR OAKS — Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site and the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield, Inc. are offering battlefield tours to the general public the first Saturday of each month during the summer season. These tours will take on added significance on July 2, as they occur Independence Day weekend. Battlefield tours at Bentonville are traditionally self-guided except for larger groups and military staff rides so don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a guided tour without being part of such a group.
Guided battlefield tours typically last two hours and consist of seven stops on the battlefield plus an orientation at the Visitors Center. You can follow your guide in your own vehicle onto the battlefield. Tours are limited to the first 12 cars and are $5 per person for ages 12 and up. Under age 12 is free but the tours may not be suitable for a younger audience. Tours begin at the Visitors Center at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Please call Amanda at Bentonville Battlefield to reserve your space.
Public “follow the fight” tours will also be offered on Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. Generally, with two weeks notice visitors can book a private tour for an additional fee. Free guided tours of the Harper House continue during our normal operating hours. All battlefield tour proceeds benefit Bentonville Battlefield.
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, 3 miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville.
For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or 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.
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.