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Spruce Pine Lodge, 02.07.09 (Photo by Gary Kueber)

[THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR SPRUCE PINE LODGE. I regret that I can't help you set up your wedding; please call the city.]

Spruce Pine Lodge was constructed as a 'summer house' in approximately 1930 by Mary Washington Lyon Stagg, widow of James E. Stagg. In 1926, the City of Durham had built a dam on the Flat River to improve the city's water supply, creating Lake Michie. The bluff upon which the Spruce Pine Lodge would soon sit thereby acquired a beautiful view overlooking the new lake.

Mary Stagg lived at Greystone after her husband's death; I have no information about how she used Spruce Pine Lodge. Mrs. Stagg died in 1945; the house and the land were either acquired by or donated to the city of Durham in 1950.

Spruce Pine Lodge is currently a city park - a gem unknown by many folks in the city - and the lodge itself is available for events.



  • Submitted by Sequoya on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:08pm

    I've delivered a few wedding cakes to them. It's a very cool place with a log cabin feel. I think it's a perfect place for a fall or spring event, especially for nature lovers.

    We've been enjoying the posts and tour down Roxboro and into Bahama.

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 4:19pm

    WOW. it really is tucked away back there isnt it? lovely though

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 6:01pm

    I brokered a 90+acre farm in Rougemont in 2007. The address was 4720 Bahama Road.
    The home had been in the same family since August 1919-the Oakley family. I have a copy of the deed from that sale stating a $10,000 sales price-$2K down payment, and the balance financed by the owner for 5 yrs.

    For pics of the property:

    Our collective best guess was that the home was built between 1860-1890. The previous sale of the farm transferred in 1883.

    Seth Roberts

  • Submitted by Kelvin Taylor on Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:26am

    I was there for the first time today. I live in Wayne county some 90 miles east of Bahama. I was impressed with the nature trails at the park. Funny thing was I was the ONLY one there today. A beautiful summer weekend and had the whole place to myself. One of the hidden gems in scenic North Carolina.

  • Submitted by CAMERON JEFFRIES on Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:11am


    My name is Cameron Jeffries, I grew up in Bahama and I was looking for places to get married and thought about the Spruce Pine Lodge.  I was wandering if you catered to same-sex couples? We already have an officiate for our ceremony but we were wanting to know if we could perform the ceremony on the premises along with having the reception there as well? If you could please let me know, I sure would appreciate it.

    Thank-you for your time.

    Cameron Jeffries

    (919) 376-5012

  • Submitted by gary on Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 1:42pm

    Cameron - Open Durham certainly doesn't discriminate, but I don't run or manage Spruce Pine Lodge. This is an architecture / history / place/story website. I suggest you contact the city of Durham to inquire re: using the facility. The Durham Parks and Rec website notes

    To reserve [Spruce Pine Lodge], contact the reservation office by e-mail or at (919) 560-4355, ext. 27202.


  • Submitted by ashley murray on Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 1:13pm

    I would like to see if you have the lodge open on May 4 or 5th 2013. I would like to have a wedding or reception there. Can you either call or give me some information concerning the lodge? Thanks, Ashley 919-524-3307

  • Submitted by gary on Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 1:16pm

    Ashley - I'm sorry that I can't. Please read one comment above yours.


  • Submitted by Dave on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:21pm

    This is similar to three other houses built nearby on the lake, none of which are as expansive. Only two are still standing.

  • Submitted by Gay Gaster on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 9:08am

    I grew up in Bahama, my mom told me once that she would visit Ms. Stag when she would come and stay at the lodge in the summers. Later in life I had the chance to live there myself (in the butlers quarters of course) and ensure that the lodge was taken care of for the various events. I must say it was an awesome place to live and almost every weekend the place was booked for some kind of event. In addition to the lodge and nature trails, there are primitive camp grounds, a large shelter, and two large open areas for games. Please don't contact me regarding an event, because I only lived there, the City of Durham Parks & Recs take care of the reservations.

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