May 20, 2017
North Carolina's 156th Secession Anniversary
The Bentonville area is abuzz as local militia companies are called up, and North Carolina gets ready for war. Costumed re-enactors portray green recruits getting ready for their first experience of army life. Infantry demonstrations and drills will occur throughout the day, as these “new soldiers” prepare for war. Visitors are encouraged to participate by filling out an enlistment form and joining in the drills! 10:00 -4:00.
August 26, 2017
Life on Campaign
Summer Artillery Program
Hear the roar of cannon fire! Starr’s Battery will show how artillery regiments loaded and fired during the Civil War. Infantry displays by the 27th NC Co. D will showcase a common soldier’s daily life. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day.10:00-4:00.
October 28, 2017
Fall Festival and Living History
Bring the family and celebrate fall at Bentonville Battlefield! Activities include hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest, townball (19th century baseball), and more!
Visitors will also learn about 19th century farm life, and the chores that women and children were suddenly responsible to perform. Demonstrations include open hearth cooking, children’s games, spinning, sewing, and more. 10:00- 4:00
December 2, 2017
“A Civil War Christmas”
Holiday Open House
Come celebrate a Civil War Christmas during this Holiday open house event. Costumed interpreters will decorate the kitchen in festive themes using natural materials such as holly, magnolia, fruits, & popcorn strands. Visitors can enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. Costumed military interpreters will be available to discuss how the common soldier spent his time on furlough with friends and family. 10:00- 4:00