West Point on the Eno, at 5101 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, is a 404-acre natural and historic park located along a 2-mile stretch of the Eno River River, 6 miles north of downtown Durham.
Scroll down for a list of upcoming events at West Point on the Eno.
West Point on the Eno features:
- Greenway/trail access
- Picnic shelter
- Picnic table
- Recreation center
- Water fountain
Several historic buildings are available to tour, including:
- The Grist Mill
- The 1850s McCown-Mangum House
- Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography
The historic buildings are open and free to visit on Saturdays and Sundays, from April to Mid-December, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There’s also an amphitheater that is used for festivals, concerts, and more. It can accommodate up to 4,000 people.
Coming up at West Point on the Eno
To find other events at West Point on the Eno, go to the Durham Park & Recreation activity guide search page.
Click on “Where” and then on “West Point on the Eno”
Here’s what’s listed, but you should check for updates. Also, make sure to enroll in the events you’re interested in.
West Point History Tour
September 3rd to December 12th, 2021
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Except November 26th
Take a guided tour of the historic buildings and grounds at West Point on the Eno. While visiting the West Point Mill, McCown-Mangum House, and Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography, you will hear stories about the people who lived, worked, and played here.
History Hike: Through Hugh’s View
September 4th, 2021
10 am. to 12 p.m.
The Mangum family called West Point home for years, and their oldest son, Hugh, photographed the area for many of them. The group will visit some of the locations he captured through his camera lens. This hike will be about one mile long. No dogs on this hike as the group will be going in and out of buildings. Meet at the West Point Mill.
An Afternoon in the Park
September 25th, 2021
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
West Point on the Eno as long been a destination for recreation and relaxation for the people in the Durham community and beyond. Come enjoy an afternoon of historic field games, old-fashioned fishing in the Eno, and a special park tour to discover the many ways people have historically recreated in the beautiful setting of West Point on the Eno.
Snap! Selfies, Photobombs, and Photographs Then and Now
September 18th, 2021
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Do you like to be photographed? Or do you prefer to take pictures of the people and things around you? Or maybe you love to take selfies? Photography, and even selfies, are nothing new. Enjoy a short, visual presentation of “old school” photography and see examples of cameras, selfies, and photobombs from the past. Then take a self-guided tour of the park to find locations of historical photos, and take your own pictures with your smart phones. Your best photos can then be submitted to be posted on the DPR blog site, and shared with your friends on social media. Registration is required.
Pinhole Camera Workshop
October 9th, 2021
12:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m.
Do you remember making a shoebox camera in elementary school? Well, let’s do it again. Or maybe this will be your first homemade camera. Either way, join in for camera-building, photo-taking, and print-developing workshop. All supplies will be provided, including paper and a darkroom.
Hands on History: Graces
October 9th, 2021
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you like to play games that test your hand-eye coordination? Enjoy spending time outside? Then come learn more about Graces, a Victorian-era stick and hoop game! Participants will have a chance to decorate their own Graces set and take it home at the end of the program. Registration is required and one adult must remain with their child(ren) throughout the program.
October 31st, 2021
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join West Point on the Eno for their 32st annual Halloween event, an evening full of fun for the whole family! Designed particularly for children ages 12 and younger, this special event features campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games, and face painting. No need to register, just come out, rain or shine!
History Hike: Man and the River
November 6th, 2021
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Age 10 and up
Man has changed the river; the river has changed man. Come explore the water and floodplain with us. This hike will be about three-miles long and will have two water crossings (the Eno River and Warren Creek), so you may want to bring water shoes. Meet at the West Point Mill.
DIY Camera Workshop
November 6th, 2021
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Do you remember making a shoebox camera in elementary school? Well, let’s do it again. Or maybe this will be your first homemade camera. Either way, join us for this camera-building, photo-taking, and print-developing workshop for teens. All supplies will be provided, including paper and a darkroom.
History Hike: Hidden West Point
December 4th, 2021
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Age 10 and up
West Point on the Eno was home to many folks, many of whom left indelible marks on the landscape. Join the staff for an on- and off-trail hike that will explore home sites, old road beds, former irrigation systems, and so much more. This hike is presented in partnership with the Eno River Association. Together, they will show you parts of West Point that you have never seen before! This hike will be about five miles long. Please, no dogs on this hike since the group will be going off trail. Meet at the West Point Mill.
Holiday Open House
December 12th, 2021
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Join West Point on the Eno for their annual winter tradition! Enjoy refreshments, historic holiday decorations, festive music, and holiday crafts from yesteryear. No need to register – just come on out, rain or shine!
Astronomy Series: Geminids Meteor Shower
December 13th, 2021
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Geminid Meteor Shower is the most prolific meteor shower of the year with up to 120 meteors per hour. Join in the evening of Monday, December 13th from 10pm-2am in the meadow at the West Point on the Eno Environmental Education Pavilion as we watch the spectacle. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while lying on a blanket under the stars. No cost, no preregistration required.
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