Duke Homestead is always looking for volunteers who are interested in helping with Visitor Services which include giving our 45 minute guided tour, greeting and orienting visitors as they enter the Visitor Center, and helping to conduct our educational programming for visiting school groups. Volunteers can also help as costumed interpreters at our many special events, work with our collections, or complete historic research with the site. 


If you are between the ages of 8 and 18, and are interested in learning 19th century skills by attending workshops, participating in special events, and performing living history with Duke Homestead, then you can apply to become a Junior Interpreter.

About the program:

We accept youngsters from the ages of 8-18 and there are 15 slots in the program.  Junior Interpreters are considered volunteers at the site.  

Junior Interpreters receive their training through workshops and participate in on-site events throughout the year. The bulk of the workshops and events take place during the summer. A Junior Interpreter must attend at least 3 of the events or workshops each year.  Newer and younger Juniors are partnered with older or more experienced Juniors Interpreters to assist with the learning process and supervision.

By participating in the program, they should gain a better understanding of regional and North Carolina history, 19th century life-ways, and effective communication skills.  The workshops can include activities like butter churning, candle making, dancing, wood stove cooking, sewing, and tool making, as well as learning 19th century manners, vocabulary and about dressing in period clothing.

Volunteer with us!

For more information on how to become a volunteer at Duke Homestead, contact us:

email: duke@ncdcr.gov with "Volunteer Information" in the subject line.

OR call: (919) 627-6990. 

You can also download the volunteer application HERE.

Become a Junior Interpreter!

How to Apply: 

Download and fill out the Junior Interpreter Application

Email it to us with the subject line "Junior Interpreter Application" to duke@ncdcr.gov.


Mail your application to

Duke Homestead Junior Interpreter Program                                                
Duke Homestead State Historic Site      
2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Durham NC 27705

For more information contact us at duke@ncdcr.gov or call 919-627-6990.