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Efforts underway to buy land near Bennett Place

RALEIGH — Officials at Bennett Place State Historic Site are trying to raise $310,000 to buy a significant tract of land nearby.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources says part of the original Hillsborough Road traveled by Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston to meet with Union Gen. William Sherman in 1865 is for sale. Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry says the state’s option is about to expire and it needs the money to buy the land.

Cherry said the land is near the “Unity Monument,” and he says the monument is a symbolic point marking where the nation reunified.

On April 26, 1865, Johnston surrendered all active Confederate forces in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida at a farm house just outside of what is now Durham.

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