2021 Special Events
Born at Duke Homestead
Saturday, May 8th
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.
Tickets at the door: $3 plus tax for ages 6 and up; ages 5 and under free of charge. Mothers are also free!
Saturday, August 14th, 6pm & 8pm
Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site at the historic Durham Athletic Park for two vintage base ball games on August 14th at 6pm and 8pm!
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. The Duke Homestead team will be playing a vintage baseball team, the Fair Play 9, travelling all the way from Ohio this year! 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. **CASH ONLY at the gate** Your ticket is good for both games! Early Bird tickets ($3) are available until July 14th. Those can be purchased online (use code "EarlyBird"), or in person at: Duke Homestead, Stone Brothers and Byrd, and Measurements, Inc.
Tickets and more information HERE.
HARVEST & HORNWORM FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 28th, 10 am - 3 pm
Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with our Harvest and Hornworm Festival. This event will feature many old favorite activities. We’ll be harvesting our tobacco straight out of the field, and make sure you don't miss the looping contest!
Free of charge
DUKE HOMESTEAD’S HALLOWEEN PHANTASMAGORIA
Saturday, October 29th, 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 on sale later this year.
Photos with Santa
Saturday,November 27th, 10am-2pm
Come have your Christmas photo made with Santa with the backdrop of Duke Homestead! He'll be dressed out in his finest 19th century Santa outfit. Photos will be sent to you as a high-quality, print-ready digital file.
No reservation required. $10 per photo.
Christmas by Candlelight
Fridays, December 3rd & 10th, 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, dancing, 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 on sale later this year.