Saturday, March 31
tours: 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pM, 7:00 pm

Duke Homestead is usually known as the birthplace of the future American Tobacco Company, but it was also the birthplace of three Duke children. Connect with this universal (and historical) human experience during Born at Duke Homestead on March 31, 2018.

Special guided tours through the historic house will explore life for the women at Duke Homestead. Lead by costumed interpreters, visitors will be invited to imagine the home in 1856, the year that the youngest child James B. Duke was born.

What did a new baby mean for the people living here? What were the best medical practices at the time? What would it have been like for Artelia Roney Duke to be a pregnant woman and mother, or Caroline to be a young enslaved girl with her owner’s health in her hands? Join us to explore this fascinating piece of Duke Homestead history.

Not only will visitors learn from site staff, midwives from the Durham Women's Clinic will be joining visitors to talk about how this experience has changed for women in Durham over the past 150 years. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

This event is put on in partnership with the Country Doctor Museum and sponsorship from the Durham Women's Clinic.