A Gem of a Homestead

Jewelry on display at Duke Homestead's 2nd Saturdays event

This post was written by Casey Owens, our intern who reports on a wondrous 2nd Saturday experience at Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead, once home to the Duke family that started a worldwide tobacco empire, is an historic gem. It was a more than perfect setting for the NC culture extravaganza known as 2nd Saturdays. Walking up to the venue,  I was greeted by the sound of a live band. There were countless vendors and artists displaying wares of every variety.  From metal sculptures to homemade candles to brillantly colorful flowers and plants, there was never a dull moment.

One particularly delicious surprise were the lavender cookies.  Like most college students, I am far from being an experienced chef or baker, and I was completely unaware that lavender could be used in food. I was stunned by the taste and smell of the amazing treats. I may not know too much about cooking, but jewelry has always been one of the loves of my life. 2nd Saturdays did not disappoint me.  Beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art designed and made by local jewelry makers were displayed in an array of colors, sizes, materials and styles. It was impossible to resist purchasing a few pieces. 

After visiting each vendor and exploring the plethora of booths, I walked past the tobacco field to the historic house of Washington Duke. In the house, employees were costumed in garments that would have been worn in the house when Duke lived there. The performers explained the unique qualities of the house and demonstrated the complexities of cooking in the mid 19th century. The rich aroma of food cooking on the wood stove wafted throughout the house as I explored. 2nd Saturdays was a terrific success and a great afternoon adventure.

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