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This new museum opened in 2010 in a convenient location on Main Street with new exhibits to intrepret the history of the Benson community and surrounding farming areas of McGee's Crossroads, Elevation and Meadow Township.

Visitors to the museum will find several "rooms" of artifacts based on the following themes:

  • History of Benson, the town and founding families
  • The coming of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
  • Merchants of Benson & Country Store
  • Military History - Spanish American War to World War II
  • Country Doctor's Exhibit
  • Farming Exhibits:· Equipment, Home Life, Cotton, Tobacco, Turpentine
  • Benson Schools and Principals
  • Working in the Kitchen
  • Working in the Home
  • Benson Singing Convention
  • Benson Mule Days
  • Local Benson Artists

Hours of operation: Wed-Thurs 11am-3pm, Fri-Sat 10am-3:30pm

102 W. Main St.
Benson, NC 27504




Located on a 120-acre century old working farm, this new vineyard offering the following amenities:

  • Venue for special events (building and grounds) are available for weddings, reunions, socials and birthday parties.
  • Wine tastings, wine tours and wine club
  • Wine porch with rocking chairs overlooking the picturesque view of rolling hills, the vineyard and lakes
  • Educational vineyard tours
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic Area

Open: Wednesday-Saturday 12-9 pm.  Please call or visit our website to verify specific hours for tours and tastings.

Other times, available by appointment, restaurant on site open Thursday, Friday, Saturday for dinner only.  Learn more about the wineries, breweries and distilleries in the county on the Beer, Wine, Shine Trail website.

275 Bowling Springs Dr.
Anger, NC 27501
McGees Crosswords Area - two miles from I-40, Exit 319

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Smith's Nursery is a family owned and operated nursery and produce farm operating in Johnston County, North Carolina for over 20 years. We are committed to producing high quality fruit, vegetable and horticulture crops while maintaining the sustainability of farming in North Carolina.

During the Spring and early Summer, we have an exciting U-Pick Strawberry and Blueberry season. In conjunction with the Strawberries, we operate a full garden center, complete with most all your landscape needs; shrubs, trees, vines, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and more.

In the fall we offer pumpkin picking, hayrides, millet maze, a goat walk, hiking trails and fishing. In conjunction with the pumpkins we operate a farm stand and garden center with all the essentials to create the perfect fall scene.

The berry and pumpkin seasons provide a great opportunity for an educational field trip for preschool and elementary school students, special needs individuals, and church groups.

443 Sanders Rd.
Benson, NC 27504
McGee's Crossroad's Area

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Built in 1916 as the Benson High School auditorium, this 350-seat venue was renovated as part of the Town of Benson Town Hall project. Today, the W. J. Barefoot Auditorium hosts meetings, special events like Benson Movie Night, pageants, and is home to Benson Little Theatre productions held several times a year.

303 E. Church St.
Benson, NC 27504




235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829


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