Harvest and Hornworm Festival

Saturday,August 26th, 2017

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Rain or Shine

Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with our Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race! This event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands on history, and the last tobacco auction in Durham!

The Coins live on Stage!

The Coins are a Durham-based band known for their blend of acoustic folk, bluegrass, and Celtic styles. They have performed in many venues in the Triangle area, from churches to cafés. The music of this family band (wife, husband, and brother) features traditional and folk songs, covers of favorite artists, and original compositions reflecting aspects of their Christian faith. Oh, and that instrument? It’s a harmonium.

Image (left to right): Daniel Carter, Alexa Carter, Levi Mason

The Rise and Fall of Liberty

Carol Thomson, Director & Producer
Jim Haverkamp, Editor

The Rise and Fall of Liberty examines Durham’s development and shifting economy through the lens of its last tobacco auction house. In its prime, Liberty Warehouse was a central part of a vast economic engine. After the tobacco market died, it became the home of a community of artists and nonprofits. In 2011, the roof collapsed during a rainstorm and the fate of the iconic warehouse was unknown. During this time, the city was experiencing a renaissance after decades of abandonment. The 52-minute documentary explores loss and change and how a city struggles to hang onto its soul as it undergoes revitalization.

There will be two screenings of this documentary in the auditorium during the event, at 10:00am and 12:00pm. 

Event Schedule

10am & 12pm    Screening of "The Rise and Fall of Liberty" with a talk from director Carol Thomson

10am - 12pm    Tobacco Harvesting

10:30am - 11:30am    The Coins on stage

11am    Tobacco Looping/Stringing Contest

12pm    Hornworm Race

12:30pm - 1:30pm    The Coins on Stage

1:30pm    Mock Tobacco Auction

2:30pm    Moon Pie Eating Contest

3pm    Raffle Winners Announced

All Day

Open House and Open Third Factory in the Historic Area

Interpreters at the Curing Barn and Pack House

LocalArts and Crafts vendors

Kids' Corral Craft Area

Raffle Tickets Available