Field Trips

Schedule a field trip for spring 2016!

Duke Homestead encompasses the historic home, farm, and factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family as they lived on the property from 1852 until 1874. 

Duke Homestead provides school programming where students can experience the daily lives of 19th century farmers. Through hands-on activities, a film, and interactive exhibits, school children will discover and learn about the social and economic history of our state. Below you will find details of the various programs available for visiting school groups.

Living History Program

Offered Year Round. Program is geared toward 2nd through 5th graders.

The program begins with the film Sarah's Farm to orient the students to the site and illustrate what a child's life was like in the 19th century. This includes a discussion where students compare how their lives are both similar to and different from Sarah's life.

Students can then participate in 2 or 3of the following activities

House Tour 

Students will take a tour with a costumed interpreter of the Duke family's historic home where they will discuss the lives of the Dukes and the lives of North Carolinians during the mid-19th century


Students will get an introduction to what archaeology is and what archaeologists do and then pair up to learn how to excavate and document  artifacts.  

Barn to Table 

Students will learn where our food comes from by trying their hand at milking and churning butter with instruction from a costumed interpreter.

Fashion Show

Students will learn about and try on costumes from the mid-19th century.

Town Ball

Students will learn and play this game which was a precursor to baseball with a costumed interpreter. 

Each activity takes 30 minutes. Groups may also reserve the picnic area for lunch. Groups may want to spend time exploring the museum on their own after the programming has ended. 

Limit of four classes or 100 students per day.

All programs are for 10 or more students.

The maximum number of activities, including the orientation film, is four. 


Offered year round. Program is geared towards Kindergarten and 1st grade.

During this one-hour visit, students will talk about the animals and crops raised on a farm in the 1800's, will have "The Little Red Hen" read aloud to them, and tour the Duke family's 1852 home where they can compare their home to the Duke family farmhouse.

To schedule a Field Trip:

Call: (919) 477-5498 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

Or Email: with field trip reservation requests

Or Fill Out and Submit the Field Trip Request Form HERE

Please call at least two weeks in advance of the desired field trip date.

Field trips begin at 10:00 am at the earliest. Field trips are available during the week from Tuesday to Friday. 

There is a requested donation of one dollar per participating student to cover costs which must be paid before the day of the trip.

All programs are for groups of 10 or more students. 

Duke Homestead also offers Guided Tours year round for all ages.

During this hour and a half visit, students will view the 17-minute orientation film, Legacy of the Golden Leaf, then tour the 1852 Duke home and historic area. Groups may wish to spend time exploring the museum after the tour or reserve the picnic area for lunch. Limit of three classes or 75 students per day.

Christmas Traditions and Celebrations

First two weeks of December. Preschool through 2nd Grade.

1 hour time slots at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm.

A one-hour tour of the Duke's home detailing the celebration of Christmas in 1870 Piedmont North Carolina. Costumed interpreters explain the decorations, food, and gifts typically shared during the season. Children may sample homemade gingerbread and popcorn popped over the fire and make an ornament to take home.

Limit of two classes or 50 students per hour. A minimum of 10 students is required to participate.

There is a program fee of $1.00 per participating child.

Please call (919) 477 - 5498 for a reservation or submit a request online HERE.