POSTPONED Born at Duke Homestead

Event Description


In accordance with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 121, we are postponing this event. We will update this page with a new event date when we can.


We often talk about Duke Homestead as the birthplace of Washington Duke’s tobacco business. But it was also the birthplace of three Duke family members, and where a handful of women worked to raise those children and maintain a home. 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.

Learn about the daily expectations of Victorian motherhood from young mothers, through pregnancy and birth, caring, teaching, mortality and remarriage, and enslaved vs white motherhood.

Some topics may be sensitive, but enjoy 1850s games and activities for the whole family.

Tickets at the door:  $3 plus tax for ages 6 and up; ages 5 and under free of charge. Mothers are also free!