FAMILY FARM ANIMAL DAY

Saturday, June 29th; 10am-2pm

Come visit Duke Homestead and meet farm creatures typically found on a 19th century homestead! Visitors will learn about the importance of animals, birds, pollinators, and more on farms in North Carolina, both historically and today. Visit with and learn more about animals from local farms, rescue organizations, and wildlife centers from right here in North Carolina. Join us for a day of animals, games, crafts, and history!

$5 


BBQ FUNDRAISER

Saturday, July 27nd; 11am-2pm

The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation, the volunteer non-profit support group for the historic site, will hold a barbecue lunch fundraiser.  Individual meal tickets are $12 each, and the meals are available for both take out or eating in the site’s picnic area. All proceeds of the lunch will be used to supplement Duke Homestead’s special events, site maintenance, artifact collections, and staff development. Tickets can be purchased in person at the site’s gift shop or at the event.

$ 12/meal

BRIGHT LEAF HARVEST DAY

Saturday, August 17th; 10am-2pm

Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead! We’ll be harvesting our tobacco out of the field and demonstrating the process of tobacco looping.

Free

FIELD & FACTORY: TOBACCO'S LABORERS

Saturdays in September at 11:15am

To learn a fuller story of the people who worked in tobacco, join Duke Homestead staff on site for a special program, “Field & Factory: A Look at Tobacco’s Laborers.” These walks will highlight the contributions that each group of people working in tobacco made to North Carolina’s culture and powerful economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, while addressing the inequalities in tobacco’s labor forces.

We will depart from the visitor’s center lobby at 11:15 on Saturday February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. Admission is free. There will be a limited amount of space, so please call the site at (919)627-6990 to reserve a spot.

Free

VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME

Saturday, September 28th

Game 1 @ 1pm; Game 2 @ 3pm

Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site at the historic Durham Athletic Park for a vintage base ball game.

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.

We'll have Wool E. Bull as a special guest this year during the first game, and children will be able to run the bases in between games!

Admission: $5; children under 4 are free. Game tickets can be purchased online, as well as at the gate on game day.

Online tickets available via Eventbrite.


DUKE HOMESTEAD’S HALLOWEEN PHANTASMAGORIA 

Friday, October 25th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

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 ever encounter.

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

Tickets available online via Eventbrite.


CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

Fridays, December 6th & 13th, 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. Come enjoy live Christmas music, dancing, singing, holiday cookies, and a whole lot of history as you follow a candlelit walkthrough our historic area. Costumed interpreters will bring the Duke family home to life as it might have been for Christmas in 1870 when the Dukes lived here!

Tickets and more information available via Eventbrite.