The Trinity Historic District is a beautiful district located between downtown Durham and Duke's East Campus.
Trinity Historic District was planned concurrently with construction of Trinity College—later Duke University—at the turn of the 20th century. Initially intended to serve predominantly as housing for faculty, staff, and students, a burgeoning public trolley system attracted prominent Durham citizens already looking to move outside the city center. Though much growth took place in the post World War II period, the area retains the same look and character of the early 1900s due in large part to restorations that kept historical aesthetics in mind. With its preserved Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles (as well as Victorian, Spanish Mission, and Neo-Classical) the District serves as a beautiful and authentic illustration of popular residential and institutional architecture from the 1890s to 1940s.
The district is made up of 2 neighborhoods: Trinity Park and Trinity Heights. Trinity Heights is located to the north of Duke's East Campus, closer to Ninth Street, while Trinity Park is located to the east of East Campus and closer to downtown Durham. With its central location, green spaces, and welcoming residents, the District remains one of Durham’s most popular communities. The neighborhood is especially nice for walking with its wide sidewalks (a rarity in the area) and tree-lined streets.
The neighborhood is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and much more. Duke's East Campus, surrounded by a 1.5 mile trail, is a popular place for a run or to walk the dog. A Whole Foods is conveniently located on the opposite side of East Campus.
The Brightleaf district of downtown Durham is directly adjacent to Trinity Heights, and features amazing dining options as well as some of the best shopping in the area. You'll find the best ice cream sandwiches in Durham at Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop, and amazing pork nachos at Federal. Shopping options include Indio, for beautiful home goods and jewelry, Schoolkids Records, a favorite local independent record store, and Wentworth & Leggett, for rare books. Just a few blocks past Brightleaf leads to the rest of downtown Durham, with tons of additional options for dining and shopping.
Ninth Street, located to the west of the neighborhood, is a popular spot for Duke students, and has a wide range of drinking and dining options. One of our favorites, ZenFish, is one of the first spots in the Triangle for a poké bowl. Happy + Hale features amazing smoothies, grain bowls, and fresh juices.
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