The Historic Hastings House was built in 1854 for William Hastings and his family. The house was the pre-battle command office for Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and General Braxton Bragg. Together in these rooms, they planned to engage General William Tecumseh Sherman near the Village of Bentonville as he marched from Atlanta. The Battle of Bentonville took place March 19-21, 1865 and it would be the last major battle of the Civil War.
The house is fascinating from an architectural as well as historical viewpoint with original floors, windows, columns, and fireplaces. Downstairs the room on the left displays artifacts related to the period of the home, and upstairs a bedroom is set up with furniture and belongings from the Hastings family. Guided tours are available and the house is on the NC Civil War Trail and the Smithfield Historic Walking Tour.