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Historic Stagville is dedicated to preserving the buildings, landscapes, and artifacts placed in its care, and to providing eduation in the social and material history of the Plantation South, with special emphasis on the diverse communities of hte Bennehan-Cameron plantations and in historic preservation. All historical interpretation presented at Historic Stagville or by its staff is based on thorough scholarly research.
Historic Stagville was the largest plantation in North Carolina at the time of the Civil War, with 30,000 acres and over 900 slaves. The plantation house was built under the direction of Richard Bennehan in 1787/1799 and remained in the Bennehan-Cameron family until the 20th century. Also on the site is Horton Grove--four surviving slave houses, built in 1850 and the Horton House, which pre-dates the plantation. Just down the road from Horton Grove is the Great Barn. Built in 1860 by slave craftsmen, the Great Barn was the largest agricultural structure in North Carolina at the time of construction. Today, the staff of Historic Stagville interprets the history of the plantation, balancing the history of the plantation owners with that of the extensive slave community.