Introducing Our Charming Specialty Shop for Christmas, Village, and Model Train Lovers

At The Duck Smith House, we’re always striving to help you create lasting memories during your stay with us. We’re excited to share our latest addition to the B&B: two delightful gift shops that bring the Holiday Spirit to life year round, and a workshop for guests to create the perfect Christmas Village display. Our new gift shops are designed to provide you with unique decorations and modeling supplies.

Specialty Shops - in old tobacco barns on the property

Outside view of Specialty Shops

Shop #1: Holiday Memories

Located in one of the 3 former tobacco barns on the property, our Holiday Memories shop is a treasure trove of holiday (primarily Christmas) decor from a variety of time periods.  Jeremy thoughtfully selects the inventory, picking up unique and different items and memorabilia from a variety of sales, auctions, and other places with you in mind.

Inside of Holiday Memories Shop - Selection of Inventory including Santas, Angels, and other Christmas decor

Inside the Holiday Memories Shop

Shop #2: The Train Depot

Our second gift shop, The Train Depot, offers a range of items for anybody interested in model trains or slot cars, in yet another of the tobacco barns.  Worth a visit for the unique ceiling or to check out Jeremy’s work-in-progress village with trains & a holiday wonderland, you’ll also find items to take home and bring the magic of model railroads and slot cars back into your life.  From basic train sets (or slot cars) you can take home to run around the Christmas tree, to supplies for those that have an entire room of their home dedicated to their hobby, you’ll find what you are looking for!

Inside the Train Depot - including Jeremy's layout, train shelf, and decor.

Inside the Train Depot

Santa's Workshop Wood Sign,, Work Table, Supplies, and Chairs

Inside Santa’s Workshop

Workshop: Santa’s Workshop

Jeremy has created this space to run workshops and teach people how to create the best displays for their holiday villages.  Perfect for Christmas Villages, Department 56, or Halloween Towns, the display you make is built for you and your needs.  If you are looking to create a unique space to show off your collection, he’ll be happy to work with you to create the masterpiece of your dreams.


We invite you to explore our new specialty shops during your stay with us. When you’re seeking a special gift for a loved one or a keepsake to remember your time at The Duck Smith House, our specialty shops are ready to help. Your stay with us is more than a mere getaway; it’s a journey into a world of cozy, intimate, and heartwarming memories.

Book your stay now, and let the enchantment of our bed and breakfast become a part of your life.

Visitors to Seagrove that aren’t spending the night with us can also visit the specialty shops.  Just stop by the Bed & Breakfast and we’ll be happy to take you over to check it out!

2023 Events


Seagrove, NC Events

Stepping into the Craft,  Seagrove Potters July & August

American Craft Week , October 7-15th 

Potters Fall Festival & Tours, November 18 & 19

Holiday Open House, December 2-16th

For more information on these events visit,

For information on events in our surrounding area such as the Farmer’s Market, Thursday movie series, and free summer concert series visit, 

Upcoming Events 2020

November 20-22  2020 .Annual Fall  Pottery Open house.


Holiday Pottery open House is December 7-21st. 2020

Seagrove Wood Fire Online Tour

The 2nd annual Seagrove Wood Fire Tour will take place online and in person highlighting local potters and their work for sale.

The participating potteries include: From the Ground Up Pottery, Studio Touya, Ben Owen Pottery, Jugtown Pottery, Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery, Blue Hen Pottery, Kate Johnston at Triangle Studio, David Stuempfle Pottery, Luck’s Ware and Donna Craven Pottery.

This event is at a variety of individual shops on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, June 7, from noon-6 p.m. Select potteries will only be open for in-studio visits or by appointment.

More information can be found on Seagrove Wood Fire website

If your looking for lodging near the Seagrove Wood Fire Tour, consider The Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast. We look forward to your visit!

Starworks Glass – Pumpkin Patch

Starworks Glass – Pumpkin Patch

Starworks Glass in October
One of a kind hand crafted glass blown pumpkins
Pumpkin Patch 2015 at Starworks Glass – Star, NC
Choose from more than 2,000 hand crafted glass pumpkins in all sizes, colors and shapes.  Looking for a purple pumpkin, orange, blue, red, green and more.  These are one of a kind hand-blown glass pumpkins.  Find your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch but be careful if you try picking them up by the stem as that can cause them to break. Looking for a small hand crafted pumpkin, they will have them.  There are also different shaped glass pumpkins.
Beautiful centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table or sitting on a shelf for all to see.  Different colors and different sizes of Starworks Glass Pumpkins.
Starting at 10:00 am & ending at 1:00 pm
100 Russell Drive, Star, NC 27356

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House with the Seagrove Potters

Join the Seagrove Potters for their holiday open houses beginning  December.7th -the 21st
Go to for more details and a list of the participating pottery shops.  Need some holiday gifts?  Seagrove is the perfect place to find that one of a kind piece of pottery.

Seagrove Pottery Shops & The NC Zoo Are Ready for Your Visit!

The Duck Smith House is open all year so don’t feel like you have to wait for a special occasion.  Every time you stay it’s special.   Honeymoon, anniversary, birthday or just a much needed get away. Surprise your someone with an over night stay or come for the weekend.
There’s blueberry Stuffed French Toast or Sweet Potato Pancakes … yum!  In the fall or winter how about a baked pear or baked apple which are a wonderful warm fruit. Summer is time for peaches which are sometimes baked with cream.

Potters are a wonderful group of artists who love their craft and are eager to have you come through their door to see what’s new.  Stay awhile and chat as talking about their history is very exciting.

The NC Zoo is open every day for your viewing except Christmas Day.   2019 saw the zoo attendance almost reach one million visitors.  The Polar Bears loves to put on a show for visitors.

Golfers can enjoy several courses in Asheboro and the surrounding areas.
Asheboro Country Club
5105 Old Lexington Rd., Asheboro
800/227-1598 or 336/626-0175
website :    Open daily
Set in the beautiful Caraway Mountains of North Carolina’s Piedmont Region.  This Asheboro Country Club is a  championship course with layout cuts through tall oaks and towering pines, a 22-acre spring-fed lake and was recently redesigned by golf course architect Jim Bivins.

Asheboro Municipal Golf Course
421 Country Club Drive, Asheboro
website:    Open daily
The Asheboro Municipal Golf Course is located just minutes from downtown Asheboro, the popular public nine hole course designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1935.  Located on 56 acres of beautiful tree-lined greenways.

Pinewood Country Club
247 Pinewood Road, Asheboro
The  Pinewood Country Club is currently ranked 65 in the State of NC; named #1 hidden gem among all courses in the Piedmont Triad Area.

Tot Hill Farm Golf Club
  3185 Tot Hill Farm Road, Asheboro
800/868-4455 or 336/857-4455
website:    Open daily
Tot Hill Farm Golf Club is located 8 miles southwest of Asheboro.  This course has been rated 4.5 stars, Best Places to Play and ranked the 7th Hardest Course in America by Golf Digest.  Designed by Mike Strantz, experience the most breath-taking, awe-inspiring golf you’ve ever played!


The Seagrove Pottery Shops are open for your visit.  They are busy producing new pieces all the time and love to show you their works.











Pottery of Seagrove, NC

Pottery Shop

Pottery Shops of Seagrove can be found scattered throughout the countryside with close to 100 potters each unique with one of a kind pieces of art.
Some families date back to the 1700s. Visit the local potters & listen to their family history. Don’t be shy about asking questions, as they love to talk about their pottery. They are friendly and always glad you stopped by. Several of the potters still dig the clay from their ground which makes any piece you should purchase even more special.  There are functional pieces and decorative pieces for displaying or giving as wonderful gifts.

Don’t forget to visit the Black Smith located on Busbee Road.  Plan to spend time talking and learning his craft.

There are always a few guests who come to visit Seagrove and the pottery shops who will say “we are only here to look & not buy”  Usually they return from their adventure laughing & with big smiles on their faces saying they couldn’t help it, they bought.  Too many unusual & wonderful pieces to pass by.

The name Seagrove came from a railroad official who was in charge of routing a railroad through the area. His name was Edwin G. Seagroves. The ‘s’ was dropped when there wasn’t enough space on the sign. The railroad station now is home to the North Carolina Pottery Center and on Main Street is the Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery. Both are a great place to start your experience.


The North Carolina Zoo

Giraffes at the Zoo

The NC Zoo is a wonderful place to visit with 500 acres of wooded trails that lead from one natural habitat to another. With 5 miles of hilly shadded paths you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this sooner.

There are 1,100 animals making up North America and Africa. Watch the seals being fed or go feed a giraffe … you will need to check on the feeding schedules.

Children will have a playground to enjoy and a carousel in which to ride their favorite animal.

The Zoo has different events going on all the time so make sure to look at their website. Have fun and plan on being amazed.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has named the North Carolina Zoo one of the best in the World. “The North Carolina Zoo is one of the best in the world because it has met the highest standards in the world,” said AZA

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