Join us Saturday May 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm for this celebration of our wonderful home town of Durham. The Duke Family history is intertwined with Durham's history so we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the roots Durham puts down right here at Duke Homestead. 

This year Bull Fest will mark the end of Duke Homestead's two week long Civil War 150th commemoration event, "A Soldier's Walk Home," during which, reenactor Philip Brown will be re-creating the walk Washington Duke took home from New Bern after the Civil War. Bull Fest visitors will be able to greet Philip as he walks on site to complete his 160 mile journey. For more information on the walk, visit

This year will feature live local music courtesy of the North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op. In the historic area grab a partner and get dancing lessons with the Huckleberry Brothers or just enjoy the music! Browse and buy from local arts and crafts vendors or grab a bite to eat from Chuck McClean BBQ or Aprea Culture NC.

This event is FREE to the public.  

Special Activities:


11:00 am - Greet Philip as he arrives at the Homestead

completing his 160 mile journey

11:30 am  - Welcome Home Party in Historic Area

12:30 pm History Dance Lessons with the Huckleberry Brothers*

1:30 pm – Q & A with Philip about his journey from New Bern to Durham in the Auditorium.

 2:00  pm – History Dance Lessons with the Huckleberry Brothers*

 3:30 pm – Raffle Winners Announced.

*tickets for dance lessons are $2.00 and can be purchased in the visitors center* 

Live Music All Day:

10:30 am – 11:10 am:    Judson Hair

11:15 am – 11:55 am:    Lang Baradell

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm:    Kirk Ridge & Friends

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm:    Graymatter

2:50 pm – 3:30 pm:    Tokyo Rosenthal


All Day in the Historic Area:

Making Do - hands on demonstrations of historical substitutes for household goods during the Civil War

Ersatz Coffee Tasting - how to make coffee when you don't have coffee

On Display for the First Time - See the Nissan Wagon recently donated to the Duke Homestead collection. This sis the same kind of wagon Washington Duke used to began his tobacco business at the end of the Civil War.

All Day in the Museum:

Find-A-Bull Scavenger Hunt

Washington Duke Portrait Gallery

Slideshow of Photos from "A Soldier's Walk Home"

Purchase Tickets for Historic Dance Lessons with the Huckleberry Brothers

 Bull Fest is made possible thanks to a sponsorship from Leaf Filter Gutter Protection.

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
(919) 477 - 5498