Embracing our History and Heritage!
The American Civil War history in Johnston County is centered around Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site near Four Oaks. Bentonville was the largest battle fought in North Carolina and the last major Confederate offensive of the war. In addition to this site, visitors interested in Civil War heritage should consider taking a drive along the Carolina Campaign Driving Tour which includes stops at the Historic Hastings House and Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield featuring several military statues and monuments. From Smithfield the drive heads to Selma's Historic Train Station and downtown Clayton, where markers note negotiations saving the state capital from destruction.
For history of a more local flavor, the county offers several heritage museums including the Johnston County Heritage Center noted for it's genealogy room, the Benson Museum of Local History which chronicles the life of area farmers and merchants, and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum which pays tribute to the heritage of rural Johnston County and its people with exhibits, educational programs and special events.