Leigh Farm Park, 370 Leigh Farm Rd, Durham, is 82.8-acre property is anchored by a 7-acre historic core listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The historic area includes:
- Leigh House (circa 1835)
- An early 19th century dairy
- A mid-19th century enslaved peoples cabin with notable stick-built chimney
- A mid-19th century smokehouse and corn crib
- A late 19th century well house
- A late 19th century carriage house
- The Leigh Family Cemetery
The property also features:
- A 2nd mid-19th century slave cabin with a 1930 Rustic Revival log addition
- An early 20th century tobacco barn and pack house
- Several mid-20th century residences
- Wooded acreage that was historically open agricultural land
Here are some of the free events coming up at Leigh Farm Park:
African American Heritage Day
Saturday, March 16th, 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us at Leigh Farm Park to celebrate African American culture, traditions and history through lectures, demonstrations and hands on activities. In addition, be a part of collecting history by bringing your family’s funeral program and obituaries. The Triangle Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will scan the original documents for donations to an area archive for genealogist to use nation-wide. Throughout the day you will be able to tour the Enslaved People’s Cabin on site and learn about the lives of those once enslaved by the Leigh family. There will be activities for all ages although most lectures will be geared for ages 15 and up. No need to register, just come out rain or shine!
From Sheep to Spindle, How Wool Becomes Yarn
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Did you know that Leigh Farm has a history of raising sheep and weaving dating back to 1861? Come see how wool is turned into yarn, try your hand at spinning, and visit with some sheep.
A Kid’s Life: Kites
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Did you know April is National Kite Month? Join us as we learn about the history of kites and then make one of your own! Drop-in program, no registration required. Adults must stay with their children and are encouraged to participate.