After months of being closed for plaster repair work, the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site re-opens today for guided tours. Tours are given on the hour beginning at 10 a.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Admission and tours are free to the public.
During the 1865 Battle of Bentonville, the Harper House was used as a field hospital by the Union Army’s XIV Corps. Nearly 600 Union and Confederate soldiers were treated in the home during the three-day battle. Eleven members of the Harper family were forced upstairs while the downstairs was used as a hospital.
The home was lived in after the battle until 1957, when it was purchased by the state for conversion to a house museum.
Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524, three miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville. The address is 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC, 27524. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm or call (910) 594-0789.
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. For more information on Cultural Resources, visit www.ncculture.com.