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Jubilee Music Festival, Historic Stagville (Durham)

Come enjoy an evening at Stagville and hear a wide range of live music from folk and Americana to blues. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and appreciate the musical influence of America’s African ancestry. North Carolina native and N.C. Heritage Award Winner John Dee Holeman will bring the blues to life. Local artists Lightnin’ Wells and Tad Walters will also be performing. Food vendors will be on site. I'm told that Only Burger will be there with veggie burgers, and Farmhand will be there offering some kind of vegetarian sandwich. You may also bring a picnic dinner if you prefer. If you bring alcohol, please be discreet with it and use a cup or water bottle. Restrooms are available on site. The free event runs until 8 pm. This is a kid-friendly event. Sorry, no dogs.

A historic site located in N. Durham, Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantations belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totalled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds. Come early if you want to tour the house and grounds. Free tours are offered hourly from 10 am to 3 pm. Link:

The site is located along a long gravel drive off of Old Oxford Highway. If you’re coming from Durham, watch for a wooden fence on the right hand side that parallels the road and turns in with the gravel drive. If you’re coming from Butner, watch for Jock road (a gravel drive to your right), Stagville Road (a paved road to the right-do not turn on this road), and the site entrance will be the next gravel road on your left.

This is event is crossposted with the Freethinkers, Agnostics, Atheists & Secularists of the Triangle Meetup group:

This Meetup is subject to cancellation in the event of adverse weather conditions.

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  • Leslie

    We hung out with the Durham-Centric Meetup people. This was a nice, low-key event. Stagville should have tried to do more to publicize it. Great music and a mellow time, until the wind arrived and rain threatened, causing an early end to the evening.

    June 11, 2011

  • Leslie

    I am going to try to sit with about a half dozen folks from the Durham-Centric meetup group, including my friend Leah who is the organizer for that group. She has a large grey tarp & a blue and white striped chair, so look for those if you don't see me. The availability of shade may dictate location.

    June 10, 2011

  • Leslie

    Some folks from the Durham-Centric Meetup group will also be in attendance.

    June 7, 2011

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  • Leslie
    Supporting Member 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015,
    Event Host
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