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Past Events

Born at Duke Homestead

March 25th
Tour Times: 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

We often talk about Duke Homestead as the birthplace of Washington Duke’s tobacco business. But, Duke Homestead was also the birthplace of three individuals. Join us for one of 4 special tours of the historic Duke home all about what childbirth meant in the 1850s.

Tickets:  $3 plus tax for ages 12 and up; ages 11 and under free of charge

Documentary Screening - The Rise and Fall of Liberty

April 27th, 6:30 pm

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.


July 22, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebrate North Carolina food culture and history. This extremely tasty event includes BBQ and Pie contests. Guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own. Venture back in time at the Duke House where costumed interpreters will demonstrate historical cooking methods. 

Free of charge


August 26th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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!

Free of charge.   

Family Outings at the Homestead

3rd Saturdays of the month from May to September

Get hands-on with history at Duke Homestead. Enjoy a morning out with your family full of fun and learning. We will provide free history-themed activities for kids from 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month between May and October (rain or shine).

Up Next: Harvest Day

Free of charge.

Catch a Fire a 19th Century Revival

September 30th
Tour Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm

“My old daddy always said that if he amounted to anything in life it was due to the Methodist circuit riders who frequently visited his home and whose preaching and counsel brought out the best that was in him.” – James B Duke

Explore one of the most influential aspects of North Carolina and Duke family history–religious revivals. There will be special guided tours through the historic area as we discuss how Methodism and revivals would have impacted the Dukes and families like them.

This event is FREE and open to all! There are no tickets or reservations needed, but tours will be full at 30 people. Please arrive ahead of time to ensure your spot.


October 27, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Phantasmagoria, noun: a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection or assemblage; a dreamlike state where real and imagined elements blur together; a magical event at Duke Homestead on October 27.

Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. We won’t spoil the surprises, but we can tell you that this will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have. Appropriate for all ages. (No experiences are designed to scare!) Participation will require walking and standing on uneven terrain.

Tickets are $10 plus tax per person in advance, $15 plus tax at the door.

The event will close at 9:00 pm, so we recommend arriving before 8:30 pm.    

Christmas by Candlelight

December 1st and 8th,
6:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Experience a historical North Carolina holiday season with Duke Homestead! Take an evening and join us as we celebrate Christmas by Candlelight. Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelit tour through the Historic Area festooned with period decorations as we celebrate Christmas in the 1870s.

$6 for adults; $3 for children (plus tax)

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