Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Duke Homestead Presents Vintage Day at the Durham Athletic Park

Nov 7, 2023

Join Duke Homestead State Historic Site for one last day of baseball this season at the Durham Athletic Park. Two vintage baseball games will be played Nov. 11, beginning at 1 p.m.

The iconic Durham Athletic Park has hosted baseball games since 1926 and was even featured in an iconic baseball film, but Durham’s baseball roots are even deeper. The first century of baseball was marked by racial segregation and separate leagues for Black and white athletes at the DAP until the 1950s; however, Duke Homestead welcomes all people to participate and honors the struggles and achievements of the many players over the past century who brought us the Durham baseball culture we know today. The Duke Homestead team will be playing a vintage baseball team, the Wytheville Statesmen, from Virginia. Players will wear historic 1860s uniforms, follow historic 1860s gameplay, and use historic equipment.

We invite you to connect with the history of this sport, this place, and this community by enjoying a family-friendly day out at the ballpark. Retro, vintage, and historic attire are encouraged- we believe in vintage style, not vintage values.

Admission to the game is $5; children under 4 years old will be admitted free. Gates open at noon. Enjoy “old-fashioned” concessions, food, beer, and historic music. Children can play historic games with our costumed interpreters, and are invited to run the bases in between games!

Game tickets can be purchased at the gate on game day, online through Eventbrite, or in person at Duke Homestead, Stone Brothers & Byrd, and Measurements, Inc. All tickets purchased for the rained-out games Sept. 23 will be honored.

This game is a fundraiser for the Duke Homestead State Historic Site and it is sponsored by the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation (the site’s volunteer, non-profit support organization), the Durham Sports Commission, Measurement, Inc., and Stone Brothers and Byrd.

No refunds can be made on purchased tickets. All canceled tickets will be considered a donation to the site and will be used for future educational programming.

The Historic Durham Athletic Park is located at 500 W. Corporation St., Durham. For more information, call Duke Homestead at 919-627-6990.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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