West Point on the Eno, Durham

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West Point on the Eno is a city park and historical center covering 388acre in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina.Several historical structures are conserved on the site: West Point Mill - a reproduction colonial-era mill that is now a museum. Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography - located in the restored tobacco packhouse, features historic photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century from negatives found in the packhouse, also historic camera equipment McCown-Mangum House - home to one of the mill's owners, restored 1850's farmhouse with late 19th-century furnishings, open for tours Other facilities include: Amphitheatre - includes a large open field, lawn seating, stage, electricity, water, parking 5 miles of trails Picnic facilities Canoe access to the Eno River Natural Play Space - a play area for childrenHistoryThe Eno Indians first used this area to fish, hunt, and grow crops. Arrowheads left behind by the tribe can still be found today.When white settlers came to the area they noticed the springs that contained freshwater, which motivated them to invest in building mills across the area. The first mill built in the Eno was named Synott's Mill, which started operating in 1752 by Michael Synott, an almost legendary pioneer, who had problems in his personal life and appeared in court often. Shortly after Michael Synott died in 1780 the area was purchased by William Thetford and Charles Abercrombie, who built West Point Mill. While these mills were being produced a community began to build up and became known as West Point. The community was successful for a period of time but eventually all of its inhabitants died out or moved on. West Point Mill served its owners for 160 years until it was shut down by a paratrooper named Jacob Eller returning from the war in 1942, the last mill on the Eno to do so.
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  • July 30, 2017
    A great place to spend a day wading in the river, having a picnic, and/or hiking through the woods. We even saw turtles sunning themselves on logs in the river (away from all of the people, of course)...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    I like the hiking at other parts of the eno better, but this is where the kids summer camps happen (schoolhouse of wonder). Those are a must for kids 7-12 yrs old.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    We went to the Festival On the Eno on the 4th of July. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The grounds are beautiful! Lots of information on the history, local flora and fauna. Ac...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Took my first trip to Eno River State Park during the Festival for the Eno on the 4th of July. There was tons of open field space, as well as very shaded areas that were comfortable to be in, even in 90+ degree weather. Seeing everyone strap up their hammocks and just relax made me regret leaving mine at home. The river itself is large with a nice small waterfall people were sitting on and enjoying, as well as kayaks and canoes for those who just wanted to be on the water. I will definitely return with my trunks to take a dip.
  • June 16, 2017
    If you like to play Pokemon (many Pokestops, one gym) or see some historical sites / beautiful scenery, this is a nice place for picnics, relaxation, fishing, kayaking, etc. Good parking selections. Enjoy coming here, with the exception of the restrooms. Yuck.
  • July 4, 2017
    An excellent family-centric park. Picnic, hike, wade in the river, or just run around and be a kid. When the mill is open it is a fascinating bit of history and technology.
  • July 1, 2017
    Today, July 1st and Tuesday, July 4th is the Eno Music Festival. Hours both days is 10 am until 6 pm. Come enjoy great live music. 3 sound stages with new groups starting each hour ==> Jazz, Folk, Rock, Cloggers, Gospel, Blues, & more. Like the song says -- when you can - Just Dance. See you at the Festival. Adults all day $23, Teenagers all day $11, and 11 and under are FREE.
  • July 4, 2017
    Beautiful place, perfect for weekend hikes and kayaking. Also features a nineteenth century mill that's worth checking out.

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