FOUR OAKS — The circa 1855 Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will be temporarily closed for plaster repairs beginning Oct. 6. Because the home was constructed with a brick foundation placed on sandy soil, the house has settled over the years. This settling has caused cracks in the plaster walls which must be repaired before the plaster gets any worse.
“We are cautiously optimistic that the home will reopen in time for Bentonville’s Christmas Open House on Dec. 4,” says Site Assistant Manager Derrick Brown.
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. The 11 Harper family members were forced upstairs while the downstairs was used as a hospital. The home was lived in until 1957, then purchased by the state for conversion to a museum.
The Bentonville Battlefield Visitors Center remains open to the public, with exhibits and a 15-minute orientation film explaining the history of the battle. There is also a walking trail on site that takes visitors to some original trenches from the battle and a 10-mile driving loop tour of the battlefield. Maps for the driving tour are available from the Visitor Center.
Bentonville Battlefield is located at 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524. It is three miles north of Newton Grove on S.R. 1008, about one hour from Raleigh and about 45 minutes from Fayetteville. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/bentonvi.htm, call (910) 594-0789, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bentonville Battlefield Site Assistant Manager
Four Oaks, N.C.
Phone: (910) 594-0789
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