Imagine…standing on the sandy dunes of Fort Fisher, looking out across the beach where so many soldiers & sailors gave their life.
Imagine seeing one of North Carolina’s largest reenactments at Bentonville Battlefield and interacting one-on-one with living historians… Bentonville Battlefield Artillery Piece NC Civil War Reenactments
Imagine…smelling black powder and feeling the weight of a soldier’s accoutrements at a LIVE! At the Arsenal program at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Union re-enactor with period gear
Courtesy of the NC Civil War 150 Committee, NC Department of Cultural Resources Image supporting and participating in North Carolina events and programs that commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Civil War
NC Civil War Tourism Council At a Glance • Founded in 1994 • 501 (c) 3 Non-profit corporation • A partnership of public & private organizations & individuals concerned with the preservation, welfare, and visitation of the NC Civil War sites and museums
Goals of the NCCWTC • Educate the public about NC’s economic, cultural, and social experiences during the Civil War • Promote visitation to historic sites or museums with Civil War assets and history • Assist in providing top-quality Civil War programming around the state • Ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to learn about this important era of our State and Nation’s history
Who Are We? • NC Civil War Council is made up of private citizens with a shared passion for NC’s Civil War history • Members are state historic and cultural resource representatives, site managers, tourism professionals, and a variety of other friendly Civil War enthusiasts and interested newcomers • Not a governmental office, but more of a statewide grass roots movement.
What kinds of projects/programs does the NCCWTC support or initiate? • Many historic sites have been preserved and promoted as part of the Civil War Trails Program • The North Carolina Civil War Tourism Council has had a hand in promoting and preserving these sites and more…
NC Civil War Trails Program Highlights • Trail provides a physical network that connects the people, places, and events from the antebellum period across our state • This connectivity helps visitors understand their place in history and how each town fits into a larger, thought-provoking story • Nearly 170 interpretive markers/signs on the trail system in NC; nearly all 100 counties in NC
The Carolinas Campaign & More • On roads and highways throughout the state, follow the red bugle to North Carolina Civil War history • Or visit the trails online at: www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/NC/index.html where you’ll find a downloadable map and more
NC Civil War Tourism CouncilGrants Program at a Glance • Grants are restricted to Civil War-related programs • Qualified applicants include communities, Not-For-Profit Tourism Development Organizations, and Non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations • Grant cycle runs once per year; applications are reviewed by three grant committee members and one outside individual • Grant amounts of up to $500
NCCWTC Site Support Featured Site: Bennett Place, Durham, NC In April 1865, as the war drew to a close, General Joseph E. Johnston met General William Tecumseh Sherman at the home of James and Nancy Bennett, near Durham, NC, to discuss the surrender terms of the Confederate armies under Johnston’s command. It became the largest surrender in the American Civil War. 89,270 Confederate soldiers were surrendered in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Florida.
Bennett Place Today • Today visitors can walk the original roadbed of the Hillsborough Road to the reconstructed home and farm of the Bennett family. • The visitor center contains a museum gallery of artifacts and displays, the film presentation, Dawn of Peace, a reference library for research, and gift shop for visitors to find a memorable souvenir of their visit. Bennett Place Memorial
NCCWTC Friends & Supporters • Civil War Preservation Trust • NC Department of Cultural Resources • NC Historic Sites • NC Museum of History • NC Dept. of Commerce Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development • Local Convention & Visitor’s Bureaus • Tourism Development Representatives
Additional Offerings of the NCCWTC • Partners with other organizations and groups to offer Civil War symposiums & conferences throughout the state • Has its own website at www.nccivilwar.com • Board meets quarterly at relevant sites throughout NC • Publishes The Watch Fire, a quarterly newsletter featuring interesting articles, book reviews, and a calendar of events for sites and roundtable groups
The NC Civil War Tourism Council Why not join today and become an integral part of this growing campaign to proudly promote the history and intrigue of the Civil War in North Carolina?