In the Visitor Center at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in North Carolina there is a movie, small museum as well as the availability of an interesting house tour. The movie gives a thorough explanation of what led to the war, and the plantation house tour shows how the home was used as a hospital during, and after the battle. Start your tour here as this will set the tone for the visit.
The Battle of Bentonville was one of the last Civil War Battles. It was fought between March 19-21, 1865, and claimed 2200 lives. This was the largest battle ever fought on North Carolina soil. The war ended shortly thereafter in April 1865.
The first floor of the Harper Plantation served as a hospital treating 600 Union and 50 Confederate soldiers. Makeshift surgical suites are seen in the pictures below. Treatment during this time was before knowledge of germs, antiseptics, infection, and anesthesia. Casualties were high and many are buried in the nearby Harper family cemetery.
The 10 member family lived upstairs while soldiers were being treated.
The Harper family had slave quarters and an outside kitchen on their property. While the structures are similar kitchen is left, slave quarters right.
Upon leaving the Visitor Center area there is a drive with placards explaining each facet of the battle for that particular site. This is a must see and do for Civil War buffs.
A few interesting facts learned from the visit:
- South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union.
- Abraham Lincoln was elected via the Electoral College. None of the 4 candidates held a plurality.
- Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the 4th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
From here I left for a more flavorful visit..
Simply Natural Creamery is a great place to bring your family and children. A bit of a drive from Goldsboro, but worth it with delicious homemade ice cream, an interesting farm tour, and fun playground for children. Prices are reasonable and the front porch is breezy to sit on as you eat your ice cream.
Of course you can also sit inside and see the milk production.
For me the best part of the tour was the farm. Here our group was taken via tram to see the pregnant cow pen. Cows in their 7th month of confinement are placed in this pen till birth.
Then we saw the babies which delighted all the young’ins on the tour.
Cows have a gestation period of 9 months like us humans. A calf can weigh anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds at birth and occasionally there are twins. Once born the calf is separated from their mother to ensure mastitis does not occur. The boys are sold to others and the girls kept as milkers. At 2 years of age the girl is artificially inseminated and has her first calf. Then she begins to be milked. These are Jersey cows and can be milked for 25 years. Also, those who are lactose intolerant can drink this milk.
We also passed by the cow grocery store where their feed is stored. This is a very important place as cows eat between 80 to 90 pounds of food daily.
What a nice ending for the day. See you tomorrow.