Preservation Durham is offering special tours of Historic Maplewood Cemetery and other areas in Durham. You may also be interested in Preservation Durham’s free Saturday morning walking tours and biking tours, which are offered on a weekly basis through much of the year.
Celebrate a Century
A Centennial celebration and garden party for two houses in the Watt-Hillandale Neighborhood. This event take place on Sunday, October 9th, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 1115 Alabama Avenue, Durham, NC. This is a free event, but donations are welcome.
Birthday Party for Houses Built in 1922
- Two Houses Open to Guests
- Garden Party
- Informal Walking Tour
Preservation Durham celebrated the centennial of Watts Hospital in 2008 with a home tour in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood. As we learned then, after 1908, the success of the hospital led to many lovely homes being built in the area around the hospital, now the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Many of the homes we love were built in the 1910s and1920s and extended in all directions from the hospital. Two lovely homes on West Club Boulevard are turning 100 years old this year. At least, that is what the historic plaques say so we are going with that. To celebrate, we are opening the two homes to guests and throwing a garden party. Everyone is invited.
The celebrated homes are at 2511 W. Club Blvd and 2321 W. Club Blvd. The homeowners will be available to share stories and details about their homes. We also invite celebrating nearby homes with historic plaques, some indicating 1922 as well, with an informal walking tour complete with a guide map.
Beechwood Cemetery Tour
On October 15th, at 10 a.m., and on October 16th, 2022, at 2 p.m., Preservation Durham is offering a tour of Beechwood Cemetery, 3300 Fayetteville Street, Durham.
The cost is $12 per person, plus fees. Registration is required.
Preservation Durham is very proud and excited to present their inaugural Beechwood Cemetery tour. This tour is the pilot episode for a series of tours that we will continue in the spring. Walk with us through Beechwood’s gates and learn about the road from slavery to opportunity, Black Durham’s community relations and familial ties, as well as the rich legacy of leadership and fortitude.
Halloween Maplewood Cemetery Tours
Saturday, October 29th, 2022
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Purchase tickets here.
The tours are $12 (with Eventbrite fees that bring the total cost to $15.06), and free to Preservation Durham members.
Historic Maplewood Cemetery is at 815 Kent Street, Durham.
Celebrate Durham history and Halloween with a guided tour of Durham’s famous Old Maplewood Cemetery. Preservation Durham tour guides will take small groups around the cemetery pausing here and there to tell stories of triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow, wealth and poverty, lives long and short. We will talk about war, disease, and maybe even a murder mystery. Learn about funerary traditions and grave art and architecture. All this in what is perhaps Durham’s loveliest urban open space.
More Walking Tours in the Triangle
Check out our list of FREE walking tours in the Triangle, or look at a few upcoming walking tours here: