Friday, January 21, 2011

Harper House Reopens at Bentonville Battlefield

One of the main structures still standing on the Battle of Bentonville field was closed back on October 6, 2010, for much-needed repairs. I reopened for tours on Jan. 6th.

The home dates back to 1855 and its brick foundation is built on sand and has settled over the years causing numerous cracks in the interior plaster walls.

During the battle, it served as a field hospital where 600 Confederate and Union soldiers were treated. During that time, the eleven Harper family members were forced to move upstairs.

The house was inhabited until 1957 when the State of North Carolina purchased it.

Save That Old House. --Old B-Runner

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