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Old 05-12-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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Hello my fantastic Forumites

Mom and Dad are coming into town and I was looking for a few other suggestions as to 'must see' place in Raleigh and the surrounding areas.
We only have a week so I could possibly take them on one overnight trip.
Dad is an avid Civil War reader so I do want to incorporate something historical into their trip.

Here is what I was thinking
Duke Gardens
Farmer's Market/Raleigh
downtown tour of State Capital - lunch at Big Ed's

Anyone been to Wilmington and toured the Battleship or taken a ride on the Henrietta? thinking a lunch tour would be fun.

We are limited in our walking so I think these would easy and interesting sites they would enjoy.

Dad likes fishing so I was thinking of going to Lake Johnson - they have fishing gear/tackle you can rent and the rocking chairs at the boathouse are the best.

Any and all suggestions welcomed.
xoxo
Donna
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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The U.S.S. North Carolina battleship in Wilmington is an interesting tour for anyone interested in WWII history. It's very well preserved as it would have been in the 40s & 50s (I believe it was decommissioned shortly thereafter so not much updating happened). I took my dad (now in mid 70s) a few year back. He'd served on a similar battleship in the early 50s and really enjoyed the visit and nostalgia.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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I've been to the battleship and remember only that it was short, and basically it was just a ship. I wouldn't drive down just for that. (If your father served on a similar ship, he might enjoy it.)

Sounds like your other plans are great. Have fun!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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After Duke Gardens head up to Bennett Place in Durham. Largest troop surrender of the Civil War.

NC Historic Sites - Bennett Place


Frank
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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Duke Gardens is a great choice--you can make the walk as long or short as desired. In addition, you can park over in the Bryan Center and head into Duke Chapel for a brief tour.

Farmer's Market is also a great choice.

I wouldn't do the battleship--you can head below decks but only (as I recall) some steep stairs/ladders that might be hard to navigate for older folks. Above decks would be a pretty short trip. But Wilmington has other nice areas to wander around in. Wilmington has good Civil War history too (it was one of the major ports during the War), though I'm not sure what museums/parks it might have to commemorate it.

Franklin St in Chapel Hill is also a decent place to wander around--see some of the campus, go to shops, get a bite to eat.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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After Duke Gardens head up to Bennett Place in Durham. Largest troop surrender of the Civil War.

NC Historic Sites - Bennett Place


Frank

If your dad is a Civil War buff then Bennett Place is an absolute must-do. It isn't hard to walk.

You might also want to consider Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. It is smaller than Duke Gardens and also very beautiful.

If you want to do Civil War history at the beach, my first recommendation would be Fort Macon (near Atlantic Beach). You also could go to Fort Fisher near Wilmington, but I prefer Fort Macon. You could also stop in New Bern en route and check out Tryon Palace.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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You should do Bennett Place that others have suggested, as it is the largest troop surrender and doesn't get the recognition it deserves. While you're on that side of town, also check out Duke Homestead. Both of these can be fairly short walks. Since you have a week, you could also try Durham Bulls baseball, which is starting their homestand tonight and will be here for 8 days, or so. Always fun and fairly cheap for a sporting event - I think Friday night they are having fireworks afterward. Sounds like you already have quite a few fun things to do, so I'm sure it will be great regardless!
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:33 AM
 
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