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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  • Love to come down during summer and get into the river. THey run the mill and you can get fresh ground corn meal and hush puppy mix.  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • It was really pretty and had a lot of visitors there. I did not make it on a day when anything but the trails were open. I would appreciate better and more consistent signage along the paths.
  • Great park with trails, places to get in the river, and historic buildings to experience. I went here because it was a good place for Pokemon Go, but it's even better if you look up from your phone and enjoy the scenery! Plenty of parking. Be sure not to miss the annual Festival for the Eno, which takes place around July 4th every year.
  • Beautiful park. My niece held her wedding there, great venue. I've also done my daughter's senior pictures there as well as a bridal photo shoot. Perfect back drop.
  • Durham city park with a few miles of hiking trails, short canoe and kayak trips on the weekends, and interesting historic mill and buildings. Home of the Festival for the Eno. Late Spring through Fall, on the weekends, Frog Hollow Outdoors provides canoes and kayaks for hourly self guided trips in the small mill pond impoundment.
  • 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.
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