FOUR OAKS— The rustle of leaves and the crackle of the open hearth will greet visitors to Bentonville Battlefield for the site’s civilian living history program and fall festival on Oct. 20. The free program will include demonstrations by costumed interpreters and a festival atmosphere that will offer wagon rides provided by End of the Drive Mule Farm, period carnival games, corn shucking contest, town ball (a form of 19th Century baseball) and more!
Historic interpreters will demonstrate the daily life of women and children that were left home when their husbands, brothers and fathers went off to war. Those left behind had to overcome many obstacles including food shortages and economic inflation. Get a glimpse of their life as interpreters perform the daily tasks necessary for survival in the Civil War South. Demonstrations may include open hearth cooking, sewing, knitting, weaving, and period children’s games. All activities are free; the program runs 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 is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, three miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008. 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 Cultural Resources.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.