Visitors came from as far away as California and Utah and as close by as Durham for the Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 7th. The purpose of the festival was to raise money for the Historic Stagville Foundation and to educate the public about slave life on the plantation, one of the largest in North Carolina prior to the Civil War. Owned by the Bennehan-Cameron families, the Stagville Plantation consisted of several thousand acres and lay at the center of an enormous estate of 30,000 acres. Nearly 900 slaves worked the property.
Visitors to Saturday’s event were able to see the Brennehan House, built in 1787 (impressive for its time period and built in the Georgian style), as well as Horton Cottage a two story, four room dwelling that is a rare survivor among slave quarters. Further down the road is the Great Barn, a huge structure used mainly to store farm equipment and mules. Standing nearly 3 stories tall and about 135 feet long, it features rare complex joinery.
|Brandon Brinkley of the End of the Drive Mule Team|