- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke Homestead is scheduled to host a candlelight event about the dying, the dead and their mourners in 19th century America.

The event titled “Widows and Wakes: A Victorian House in Mourning” will be held Saturday evening at the Durham site. Guests will go on a guided tour where they will hear an interpretation of a doctor attending a dying patient and preparing families; grieving widows in a parlor; and a seance re-enactment.

After they leave, visitors can gather at a campfire to ask questions.

Tickets cost $4 and are sold at the door. People with or without tickets can watch “Death and the Civil War” in the visitors’ center. Ric Burns directed the film, which explores how Civil War casualties brought death to U.S. homes.



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