In addition to welcoming the public five days a week, the Burwell School Historic Site offers special events -- literary readings, music, history programs, and more.   Check our calendar, Facebook page (Burwell School Historic Site) and the Town's tourism website ( for upcoming events. 



Open to the public  11 - 4 Wednesday - Saturday, and 1 - 4 Sunday.    Tours at 1 PM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and on-demand Saturday and Sunday.    Come visit!


Monday, December 18 - Wednesday, January 31

Burwell School closed for winter break.  

Sunday, January 21
3:00 - 4:30

Reception for Friends of the Burwell School, Burwell Volunteers and Community Supporters

By invitation

Thursday, February 1
11:00 AM  - 4:00 PM

Site reopens to the public for 2018  


Thursday, February 1
7:00 PM

Historic Hillsborough Commission meeting and induction of new Commissioners

Sunday,  February 11
3:00 PM

Inaugural program of Keckly Bicentennial Year
Elizabeth Keckly, Freedom and the AME Church
Dr. Reginald Hildebrand
and Ms. Beverly Payne, The Payne Family of Hillsborough

Co-sponsored by, and held at, Dickerson Chapel AME Church, 100 E. Queen Street, Hillsborough 
Free Admission

Saturday, March 18
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Burwell School
Admission Free

The Life of Elizabeth Keckly
Dr. Sylvia Hoffert and Mr. Steven Peck
Two sessions, 2:00 and 4:00, plus exhibits and reception
Free admission
Keckly books and materials on sale

Saturday, May 5
5:30 - 9:30 pm

Annual Fundraising Auction...  SPRING FLING! 
Food, live musice and great auction items!
Our most important fundraiser of the year!  Tickets go on sale

Saturday, June 2
Sessions at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Admission Free

Dressmaking in the 19th Century:  Elizabeth Keckly's Livelihood

10:00:  Karen DeSombre and her reproduction of Mary Lincoln's Dress
2:00:  Elizabeth R. Way, Assistant Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology

Sunday, September 16
3:00 pm
Burwell School
Admission Free

The art and artistry of quilts; honoring Elizabeth Keckly's "Mary Lincoln Quilt"
Opening reception of quilt show
The African American Quilting Circle of Durham
A framed print of the Keckly Quilt, in the collection of the Kent State University Museum in Ohio, will be included in the show.
Special feature:   hand - pieced quilted wall hanging of Elizabeth Keckly

September 16 - October 7
Burwell School

Quilt exhibit by the African-American Quilting Circle of Durham

October 13, 20 and 21
Burwell School


Behind the Scenes, a play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, directed by Francesca Talenti
A fictional conversation between Elizabeth Keckly and Anna Burwell

Tickets go on sale September 1.

November 10
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Elizabeth Keckly:  Symposium of Scholars and Writers
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Jennifer Fleischner, author of "Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly," 2003 biography of Mrs. Keckly

Also featuring:  Dr. William Andrews, Dr. Sylvia Hoffert, Dr. Brooks Graebner, and others.
Lunch included
Registration opens September 1.












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