Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Planting Day and Plant Sale at Duke Homestead

Spring is in the air, and a special opportunity to celebrate it is coming up this weekend. The public is invited to join costumed staff-members of Durham's Duke Homestead for an old-timey style celebration.

Join Duke Homestead on Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Planting Day and Plant Sale.  Take part in a piece of North Carolina’s culture by assisting interpreters as they transplant tobacco seedlings into the field.  Help bring history to life by helping start the yearly kitchen garden at the Dukes’ historic home. There will be a plant sale, and baked goods available for purchase, too.

Duke Homestead is the site of the Duke family’s nineteenth-century farm, where Washington Duke started a tobacco business that later became the largest in the world.  With the money generated by this venture, the Dukes endowed Duke University, began what later grew into Duke Energy, and founded an endowment that continues to contribute to charitable causes today.

Duke Homestead is located at 2828 Duke Homestead Road, just off I-85 at the Guess Road exit. For more information, call 919-477-5498, email, or visit the website.

For more information about historic sites in Durham, click here.

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