Bentonville Battlefield announces 2021 planned events

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Posted 2/5/21

Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site has announced its 2021 events, including details as they are known at this time. Events include small tours in March, a Fall Festival in November and Civil War Christmas in December.

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Bentonville Battlefield announces 2021 planned events

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FOUR OAKS — Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site has announced its 2021 events, including details as they are known at this time.

Before traveling to the site, check back for updates on the Bentonville Battlefield website or call 910-594-0789 to confirm event dates, times and details.

March 20: 156th Digital Anniversary

In 2020 the site had to cancel its large-scale reenactment event for the 155th anniversary of the battle due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. As restrictions remain at this time, the Bentonville staff and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources are working to offer a digital anniversary experience.

In addition to the digital event, small group tours are being given of the battlefield in the month leading up to the battle anniversary. These guided tours are organized and hosted by Wade Sokolosky for $25 per person for one tour and $40 for both tours, with a 12-person limit on each tour. Both morning and afternoon tours (with varying content) will be offered Feb. 20, March 4-6, and March 18. All-day tours will be offered on March 19.

Tours are conducted in accordance with state COVID protocols and must be booked and paid in advance. To learn more information and reserve your spot contact Sokolosky at 252-646-5553 or sokolosky1@aol.com.

May 15: Bentonville in Bloom, 10 to 4 p.m. Free event.

Explore the natural side of Bentonville during the spring program; learn about the plants and wildlife that call eastern North Carolina home.

Aug. 21: “Heavy Thunder,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event.

Come hear the roar of cannon fire. Learn how cannons were loaded and fired during the Civil War. Reenactors will be onsite portraying the 19th Indiana Battery. Cannon demonstrations and historical discussions will occur throughout the day. Food trucks will be onsite. Bring family and friends to learn about Pvt. Peter Anderson, a 17-year-old Medal of Honor recipient.

Sept. 18: “Life on Campaign,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event.

Reenactors will be onsite representing the men of the 40th North Carolina Regiment. Firing demonstrations and discussions will occur throughout the day.

Food trucks will be onsite. Bring family and friends to learn about uniforms, drill, soldier’s equipment, and the brutal realities of war.

Oct. 23: “Echoes of Battle,” 6 to 10 p.m. Admission fee is $20.

Nightfall, March 19, 1865, the first day of fighting is over. A union stretcher bearer described the night, “all over the woods could be seen officers and men with pine torches in their hands seeking after some fallen comrade or friend to take him to a hospital if alive and bury him if dead...”

For the first time ever experience a nighttime wagon ride and a candlelit walk through the woods of Bentonville. Guided walking tours will take visitors through vignettes showing the aftermath of battle.

Tickets are $20 and will be available for purchase in early October. (Warning: This program will simulate combat trauma and may not be suitable for young audiences.)

Nov. 6: Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per vehicle.

Bring the family and celebrate fall at Bentonville Battlefield. Planned activities include wagon rides, old timey kids’ games, music, antique tractors, historic demonstrations and more. Bring a blanket or chair and listen to live music. Food and beer trucks will be onsite.

Dec. 4: “Civil War Christmas,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event.

Come celebrate a Civil War Christmas during this holiday event. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider by the fire, period music, or stroll through the soldier’s camp. Kids of all ages are welcome to help make period decorations for the kitchen and Christmas tree.

Dec. 4: “In Heavenly Peace,” 5 to 8 p.m. Admission fee is $5.

This holiday season, you are invited to tour the home of John and Amy Harper as it may have appeared after the conclusion of the Civil War.

For the first time ever, experience the Harper House as a family residence, not as a Civil War field hospital. Come enjoy the beauty of a 19th century Christmas aglow with candlelight. Also enjoy period refreshments in the kitchen and sing carols by a warm campfire.

Tickets are limited, do not miss your chance to experience Christmas by candlelight at Bentonville Battlefield.

Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, 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 https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/bentonville-battlefield or call 910-594-0789.

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