Local Area Tours The North Carolina Genealogical Society, local host of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference, is offering several pre-conference events on Tuesday, 9 May 2017. Conference registration is not required to participate. REGISTER NOW! Durham Day Tour—Visit to Plantations 8:15 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Experience the old South by visiting historic Stagville Plantation, one of the largest in antebellum North Carolina. From the halls of the plantation house, to the dirt floors of the slave quarters, you will learn about the realities of a much-storied era. In contrast, the Duke Homestead explores the life of a small tobacco farmer. From this humble site, Washington Duke built a tremendous tobacco company. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate nineteenth century life and southern farming techniques. After lunch, we tour Bennett Place, the site of the surrender between Generals Sherman and Johnston that ended the Civil War for the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Between 17–26 April 1865, negotiations took place at James and Nancy Bennett’s home and led to the largest troop surrender of the Civil War, involving 89,270 soldiers. This tour will last all day. The bus will depart from and return to the conference center. Lunch is on your own at Cracker Barrel. $65 PER PERSON. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 27 APRIL 2017. Raleigh Historic Day Tour 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Visit the Joel Lane house (the oldest dwelling in Raleigh, with its authentic eighteenth century garden), President Andrew Johnson’s birthplace, Oakwood Cemetery (the final resting place of 1,388 Confederate soldiers, two Union soldiers, five Civil War generals, seven Governors, and more), the state Capitol, and other historic locations. This tour is scheduled to last approximately 5 ½ hours. Lunch is on your own at Big Ed’s in Raleigh’s Historic City Market. In case of rain, the State Capitol building will be visited. We’ll leave the Raleigh Convention Center aboard a historic trolley. This tour will accommodate most individuals who can enter a bus with limited assistance; however, moderate walking over uneven terrain is required. $50 PER PERSON. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 27 APRIL 2017. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Research Tour 8:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M. Spend the day researching your southern ancestors using the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill’s extensive manuscript, Southern historical, and rare book collections at the Louis Round Wilson Library. (See http://library.unc.edu/wilson/ .) Bus transportation is provided from the Raleigh Convention Center right to the Wilson Library door. Lunch is on your own and can easily be found next door to the library or a short walk through UNC’s beautiful campus to Franklin Street. This all-day research opportunity will accommodate most individuals who can enter a bus with limited assistance. $50 PER PERSON. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 27 APRIL 2017. Downtown Raleigh at Night Ride the historic Raleigh trolley to discover how close you are to the State Archives, restaurants, shops, museums, and more! A tour guide will point out historic downtown locations. The trolley will depart from and return to the convention center. The tour will last approximately one hour. (Two tours are scheduled. One tour begins at 4:00 p.m. and the second tour begins at 5:00 p.m.) $25 PER PERSON. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 27 APRIL 2017. Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at email@example.com or refer to FAQs.