Historic Stagville

Historic Stagville A state historic site connecting people to the history and memory of slavery at Stagville Call in advance for groups, field trips, or private tours.
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Historic Stagville is a State Historic Site that preserves the remnants of the one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. The Bennehan-Cameron family owned approximately 30,000 acres of land, and enslaved about 900 people on that property. Stagville is dedicated to interpreting the lives, families, culture, and work of enslaved people on the Bennehan-Cameron plantations. Historic Stagville is free and open to the public with guided tours at Tues-Fri @ 1 pm; Sat @ 11, 1, and 3.

Historic Stagville will close at 12 noon on January 9, due to the inclement and potentially dangerous weather. Stay safe...
01/09/2024

Historic Stagville will close at 12 noon on January 9, due to the inclement and potentially dangerous weather. Stay safe!

Just a few more days left to apply! Join us this summer to build skills in public history, genealogy, and interpretation...
01/05/2024

Just a few more days left to apply! Join us this summer to build skills in public history, genealogy, and interpretation.

Now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 HCBU internship at Historic Stagville! Applications for this paid, full-time internship are open through January 8. Learn more and apply online at https://www.dncr.nc.gov/about-us/employment/hbcumihe-summer-internship-program

01/05/2024

This year for Black History Month we're offering specialized tours of Canary Cottage focusing on Dr. Brown's activism throughout WWII. A fierce advocate for Black women throughout her entire life, during WWII Dr. Brown's work fit into a broader movement known as the Double Victory Campaign. Come learn more on Saturdays in February!

Pre-registration is not required but is recommended at tinyurl.com/CHBBHM24

Sadly, our neighbors at Urban Community AgriNomics had property stolen last night. See their post for the details of the...
12/25/2023

Sadly, our neighbors at Urban Community AgriNomics had property stolen last night. See their post for the details of the taken tools, and please contact them with any information about this theft!

Historic Stagville will be open Saturday 12/23, and 12/28 through 12/30. We will offer our regular guided tours on those...
12/21/2023

Historic Stagville will be open Saturday 12/23, and 12/28 through 12/30. We will offer our regular guided tours on those days! The site will be closed for the holidays 12/24 through 12/27.

Jonkonnu is coming! Don't miss Jonkonnu at Stagville today at 4:30 pm at Horton Grove. The talented students from St Sya...
12/09/2023

Jonkonnu is coming! Don't miss Jonkonnu at Stagville today at 4:30 pm at Horton Grove. The talented students from St Sya Academy will perform first. Then join us afterwards for hot cider, drums, and storytelling led by Braima Moiwai and a team of artists.

Reminder: the Saturday tour schedule is different this week as we prepare for Jonkonnu! The 3 pm guided tour will be can...
12/07/2023

Reminder: the Saturday tour schedule is different this week as we prepare for Jonkonnu! The 3 pm guided tour will be cancelled. The Jonkonnu drum and dance performance begins at 4:30 pm.

Jonkonnu at Stagville is our annual event celebrating Jonkonnu, a multifaceted masquerade tradition with connections acr...
12/04/2023

Jonkonnu at Stagville is our annual event celebrating Jonkonnu, a multifaceted masquerade tradition with connections across the African diaspora. Learn more about Jonkonnu's significance, influences, and history with these resources! Join us on December 9 at 4:30 pm to explore Jonkonnu with drums, dance, and storytelling.

Join us for Jonkonnu at Historic Stagville on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 4:30pm. Historic Stagville’s staff are honored to co...
12/02/2023

Join us for Jonkonnu at Historic Stagville on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 4:30pm. Historic Stagville’s staff are honored to continue to partner with St. Sya Academy and Braima Moiwai for this amazing performance!

St. Sya Academy is an African centered educational institution led by Dr. Davis. Braima Moiwai is a drummer, artist and teacher. Dr. Davis, Braima Moiwai, and St. Sya students bring energy and excitement to the Jonkonnu performance at Horton Grove.

Tickets available at now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/745620118847?aff=ebdsshios

Our gift shop is re-stocked with new books! All proceeds support the Historic Stagville Foundation. Support Stagville th...
11/24/2023

Our gift shop is re-stocked with new books! All proceeds support the Historic Stagville Foundation. Support Stagville this season with a book purchase on site, or a donation to the Historic Stagville Foundation online at http://www.stagville.org/

Join us for Jonkonnu at Historic Stagville on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 4:30pm! Stagville is one of the few sites in North A...
11/21/2023

Join us for Jonkonnu at Historic Stagville on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 4:30pm!

Stagville is one of the few sites in North America with a documentation of Jonkonnu.

In this quote, Anne Cameron describes the music she and her children heard from the enslaved people celebrating Jonkonnu at Fairntosh on the Cameron Plantations in 1848.

Many of the primary source descriptions of Jonkonnu are written by white observers, not enslaved participants. This gives researchers today a limited understanding of what Jonkonnu was like for those who maintained the tradition.

Tickets available at now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/745620118847?aff=ebdsshios

Historic Stagville will be closed November 23rd and 24th. If you plan to visit this week, join us for guided tours at 1 ...
11/20/2023

Historic Stagville will be closed November 23rd and 24th. If you plan to visit this week, join us for guided tours at 1 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, or at 11, 1, or 3 pm on Saturday.

The site will be closed Friday November 10 for the Veterans Day holiday. We will be open on Saturday November 11, with r...
11/09/2023

The site will be closed Friday November 10 for the Veterans Day holiday. We will be open on Saturday November 11, with regular guided tours at 11, 1 and 3.

11/03/2023
Save the date! Join us on December 9 at 4:30 pm for St Sya Academy's annual Jonkonnu performance at Stagville. The stude...
10/30/2023

Save the date! Join us on December 9 at 4:30 pm for St Sya Academy's annual Jonkonnu performance at Stagville. The student performance will be followed by storytelling about Jonkonnu traditions across the African diaspora.

We are at capacity for our Full Moon & Freedom Stories walk on Oct 28! All spaces are reserved and we cannot accommodate...
10/26/2023

We are at capacity for our Full Moon & Freedom Stories walk on Oct 28! All spaces are reserved and we cannot accommodate any walk-in visitors. We are so excited for all your interest in this program, and we hope to offer it again in spring 2024.

Thank you to all who supported this year's Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture! Our special thanks to the NCCU Department ...
10/25/2023

Thank you to all who supported this year's Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture! Our special thanks to the NCCU Department of History, Dr. Glen Anthony Harris, the Thorpe family, the Stagville Descendants Council, and our volunteers for a wonderful program.

*FULL* Our Full Moon & Freedom Stories night hike is this weekend, on October 28th! This quiet night walk includes pause...
10/24/2023

*FULL* Our Full Moon & Freedom Stories night hike is this weekend, on October 28th! This quiet night walk includes pauses for reading and reflection with slave narratives from North Carolina. We'll meet at 6:30 at the Horton Grove quarters. You must register to join by emailing our staff at [email protected].

Join the NCCU Department of History at 3:00pm tomorrow for the Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture at Historic Stagville. This prog...
10/21/2023

Join the NCCU Department of History at 3:00pm tomorrow for the Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture at Historic Stagville. This program will take place at Horton Grove.

Dr. Glen Anthony Harris will lecture on the life and career of the esteemed photojournalist Alexander Rivera. Pictured is Dr. Harris' book, "Social Justice and Liberation Struggles: the Photojournalistic and Public Relations Career of Alexander McAllister Rivera Junior".

Also pictured is a flyer from February 2000 when Alexander M. Rivera Jr presented at Historic Stagville at a Black History Month program. We are excited to have Dr. Harris speak at Historic Stagville about a speaker we once welcomed before!

Our Full Moon & Freedom Stories night hike is coming up on October 28th! This guided night walk at Horton Grove is an ev...
10/19/2023

Our Full Moon & Freedom Stories night hike is coming up on October 28th! This guided night walk at Horton Grove is an evening exploration of historic buildings and trails. Along the way, the group will pause for moments of reflection to read excerpts from North Carolina slave narratives. These passages reveal how enslaved North Carolinians used night time for refuge and resistance. As you finish the walk, you will be able to view the rising full moon at Horton Grove.

**You must pre-register to join this hike! To register, email our staff at [email protected] **

The first Thorpe Lecture was at Stagville in June of 1989. Dr. Dudley Flood (pictured here), a champion of North Carolin...
10/18/2023

The first Thorpe Lecture was at Stagville in June of 1989. Dr. Dudley Flood (pictured here), a champion of North Carolina school integration, spoke. The event was hosted by NCCU fellow Alice Eley Jones, and was dedicated to the memory of historian Earlie E. Thorpe. Dr. Thorpe served as the chair of the NCCU Department of History from 1962 until his death in 1989. The 2023 lecture, at 3 pm on October 22, will be the 35th annual Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture.

Since 1989, the Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture has been an annual African American history program in honor of Dr. Th...
10/17/2023

Since 1989, the Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture has been an annual African American history program in honor of Dr. Thorpe's legacy. Join us at Stagville at 3 pm on Sunday Oct 22 for this year's speaker, Dr. Glen Anthony Harris!

Historic Stagville has welcomed exceptional Thorpe Lecture speakers over the years, including Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Dr. Peter Wood, and Dr. John Hope Franklin, pictured here at the 1996 lecture.

Join the NCCU Department of History at 3 pm on Sunday, October 22, for the Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture at Historic Stagvill...
10/11/2023

Join the NCCU Department of History at 3 pm on Sunday, October 22, for the Earlie E. Thorpe Lecture at Historic Stagville. This program will take place at Horton Grove.

Double Eagle, Dr. Glen Anthony Harris, will lecture on the career of the esteemed photojournalist Alexander Rivera. Dr. Harris' book, "Social Justice and Liberation Struggles: the Photojournalistic and Public Relations Career of Alexander McAllister Rivera Junior" was published in 2023.

This year's program will be the 33rd annual Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture, hosted by the NCCU Department of History and dedicated to African American history. We are delighted to have this program return to Historic Stagville!

There will NOT be an 1 pm guided tour on Wednesday, Oct 4th. The outdoor self-guided tour and audio tour are available a...
10/03/2023

There will NOT be an 1 pm guided tour on Wednesday, Oct 4th. The outdoor self-guided tour and audio tour are available all day!

Come visit us this Saturday, Sept 16th from 11am-4pm for our Historic Cooking Demonstration with Dontavius Williams!
09/15/2023

Come visit us this Saturday, Sept 16th from 11am-4pm for our Historic Cooking Demonstration with Dontavius Williams!

Visit Historic Stagville on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 11am-4pm for our Cooking Demonstration Event to learn about enslav...
09/13/2023

Visit Historic Stagville on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 11am-4pm for our Cooking Demonstration Event to learn about enslaved cooking traditions and foodways.

In a 1986 interview, Lucille Peaks Turner recalled the meals her mother made for Sunday dinners in the 1930s when they were sharecroppers at Stagville. These recipes likely were passed on to Turner’s mother from her parents and grandparents who were formerly enslaved on the Cameron plantations.

"We just had one big pot of stringbeans and potatoes we called them white potatoes then, English peas, they are sweet pes now. We always would go out and kill a chicken that morning, fix us up a boiling hen, my mother she loved to make dumplings. We got tomatoes from the garden, we’d have sliced tomatoes. [….]daddy would always grow corn, we’d have fired corn. I remember it as if it was yesterday how my mother would, we called it hoe cakes. She would make the dough up with lard, that was from the best part of the hog meat, make a hoe cake in a pan in the oven. Food cooked then much better than food is today. It had a flavor that you’d never forget".

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5828 Old Oxford Road
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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

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