2022 Special Events

POP-UP EGG HUNT

Saturday, April 16th

Come join us for a free pop-up egg hunt here at Duke Homestead! Kids will be able to roam the grounds to find hidden eggs, and turn them in for prizes. Get the whole family playing with our egg-themed games, as well as our traditional historic games, and enjoy a puppet show!

This event is BYOB--Bring Your Own Basket.

We'll have different times and areas for each age group to participate:
0-3 yrs at 10:10 am
4-7 yrs at 10:30 am
8-12 yrs at 11:00 am

Free of charge

BORN AT DUKE HOMESTEAD

Saturday, May 7th

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 on Mother's Day weekend for special tours of the historic Duke home all about what birth, childhood, and motherhood meant in the 1850s.

Standard tour fees apply; Mothers free!

PORK, PICKLES, & PEANUTS

Saturday, July 23rd 10am-3pm

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. Live music and local vendors will also be present on the festival grounds!

Free of charge

FAMILY FARM ANIMAL & HARVEST DAY

Saturday, August 27th; 10am-2pm

Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead! This event will feature many old favorite activities, along with some visiting animal friends. We’ll be harvesting our tobacco straight out of the field, and make sure you don't miss the looping contest!

$2 per person  

VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME

Saturday, September 24th; Gate opens @ 5:15pm

Game 1 @ 6pm; Game 2 @ 8pm

Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site at the historic Durham Athletic Park for a vintage base ball game the evening of September 24th!

The iconic Durham Athletic Park has hosted baseball games since 1926 and was even featured in an iconic baseball film, but Durham’s baseball roots are even deeper. The first century of baseball was marked by racial segregation and separate leagues for black and white athletes at the DAP until the 1950s; however, Duke Homestead welcomes all people to participate and honors the struggles and achievements of the many players over the past century who brought us the Durham baseball culture we know today. Players will wear historic uniforms, follow historic gameplay, and use historic equipment.

We invite you to connect with the history of this sport, this place, and this community by enjoying a night out at the ball park.

Admission: $5; children under 4 are free. Game tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite (available later this year), as well as at the gate on game day.

DUKE HOMESTEAD’S HALLOWEEN PHANTASMAGORIA 

Friday, October 28th, 5:30pm-9pm

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.

Did you come last year? Come again! We have new encounters for you to experience.

Tickets available later this year.

CHIRSTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

Fridays, December 2nd & 9th, 5:30pm-9pm

You're invited to join us at Christmas by Candlelight - Experience an 1870s North Carolina Christmas with Duke Homestead!

Kick off your holiday season with this annual favorite. You will enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been when the Dukes lived here!

Tickets available later this year.

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