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 children

The 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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  • My family and I found this place while in Durham visiting with family. We were able to have a cookout with grilled veggie burgers and other items. A nice Harris Tetter grocery story is right next to t...  more »
  • Though the original West Point Mill fell to a storm some 50 years ago, the reconstruction of the mill is interesting. Too bad its structure will not support milling with the heavy large stones as orig...  more »
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  • Awesome, Well Maintained Historical Nature Area. The Old Mill and Water Wheel and Dam are Beautiful! The Museum is full of history and Indian Artifacts and the Staff are Passionate about the history and the Natural World surrounding. The trails are super well marked and Maintained. I grew up chasing minnows and tadpoles over 30 years ago, and West Point On the Eno has always been AMAZING for Families....We went to camps, and now My 7yo does...I have been hiking at night with Fantastic Guides, canoeing, and even Birthday parties growing up. Quality Preservation of History and Nature!
  • This is the kind of public space that every city wishes for, but only a few get. A slow cool river, banked by scenic, easily hiked hills. A historic and functional mill. A zealous citizen support group and a yearly music festival. Truly a green Jewel and an irreplaceable treasure.

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