Celebrate Birth with “Born at Duke Homestead” March 25


In addition to being the birthplace of the American Tobacco Company, Duke Homestead was the birthplace of three Duke children. Connect with this universal human experience during “Born at Duke Homestead,” Saturday, March 25, for an excellent way to celebrate Women’s History Month.

“Last year our visitors loved this program,” observed Site Manager Jessica Shillingsford. “I’m thrilled to be able to offer it a second time, especially during Women’s History Month.”

Through special guided tours, visitors will be able to imagine the historic Duke home in 1856, the year James B. Duke, the youngest child, was born. What did the new baby mean for the people here? What was the best medical practice of the time? What was it like for Artelia Roney Duke to be a pregnant woman and mother, or for Caroline, a young enslaved girl with her owner’s health in her hands?

Tours will feature costumed interpreters and period medical artifacts loaned from the Country Doctor Museum. Midwives from the Durham Women’s Clinic also will be on-hand to talk about how history has shaped the modern experience of pregnancy and birth.

“Born at Duke Homestead” will offer four ticketed tours for $3 per person (plus tax). Ages 11 and under are free. Tours are at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at http://dukehomestead.org/born-at-duke-homestead.php.     

For more information about Born at Duke Homestead, please call (919) 477-5498, email duke@ncdcr.gov, or visit dukehomestead.org.

Duke Homestead is the historic home, farm and factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family. The site interprets the lives of the Dukes as they lived in the historic home from 1852 until 1874. Duke Homestead is located at 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, N.C. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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