Fire at Historic North Carolina Plantation Site Damages Building

June 3, 2020

An early morning fire damaged a building at Stagville, a state historic site that includes remnants of one of the largest plantations in North Carolina.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said fire rescue personnel were called to the site just before 6:45 a.m. Monday. WRAL-TV reports that the cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

The site is part of the former Bennehan-Cameron family plantation. It offers educational programs about the lives and work of the approximately 900 enslaved people who worked the land there, according to the official website.

According to the site’s Facebook page, Stagville reopened to the public Friday for tours of the grounds and outdoor spaces. The buildings – including original slave quarters, a massive barn and a Bennehan family house – remain closed to the public.

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