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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Duke empire born

I didn't know that Washington Duke, a simple North Carolina farmer and his family built an empire... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2015
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
excellent education and info

FASCINATING and factual video about Duke and how he, and then his son, changed the life of American... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2015
caroline m
Tucson, Arizona
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At Duke Homestead, visitors can tour the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. Duke's sons later founded The American Tobacco Company, the largest tobacco company in the world. The Dukes became one of the wealthiest families in the country at the turn of the 20th century and now lend their name to Duke University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment.Duke Homestead offers an orientation film twice an hour, an extensive tobacco museum, and guided tours of the surviving historical structures on the grounds. Among these structures are early Bright Leaf tobacco barns, Washington Duke's first and third factories, and his 1852 homestead.The museum contains exhibits regarding tobacco farming, manufacturing, and marketing. Annual events include an Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival in June; Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina festival in July; a summer children's festival in August; the Tobacco Harvest Festival and Mock Tobacco Auction in September; and Christmas by Candlelight programs in December.
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2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Reviewed 21 August 2015

I didn't know that Washington Duke, a simple North Carolina farmer and his family built an empire by becoming the first major producers of cigarettes. Lots of displays about the tobacco industry and the tools used to build their business...including advertising.

Thank jbla1951
Reviewed 17 August 2015

FASCINATING and factual video about Duke and how he, and then his son, changed the life of American via tobacco. We have never smoked; deplore the stuff but finally learned just how marketing turned this terrible leaf into a must-have item. Museum is GREAT, and...More

Thank caroline m
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Very informative about the history of tobacco farming. There is a short walking trail to see the different buildings and tobacco crop in addition to the museum its self. Worth the stop if in the area.

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Buildings are open on tour only, on the hour. Interesting film about tobacco history and the Dukes on the half hour. Museum on grounds is a very interesting history of tobacco and the regional growers. There are many artifacts of the industry.

Thank Stefan L
Reviewed 10 July 2015

This place has an extensive tobacco exhibit area including even old cigarette commercials on a TV. Has a history of Durham tobacco and what an impact it had on the tobacco industry. The museum is worth going by itself but there are also the 5-6...More

Thank Don N
Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

Great day trip for tobacco history buffs! My Mother and her sisters were able to relive their days of growing up on a tobacco farm. There is a museum, short film, gift shop, and the Duke farm that started it all!

Thank rossgool
Reviewed 21 June 2015

Take the time to go through the museum and push all the buttons. Very interesting history and nice walk around the property.

Thank 850jen
Reviewed 3 June 2015

If you want to see how it all began visit Duke Homestead. There's a lot to see there. Special seasonal programs are well done too.

Thank mljardaw
Reviewed 13 May 2015

Museum and structures to walk around and a nice picnic area. Typical tourist stop- great place to bring a lunch and learn a little about tobacco farming.

Thank JannKK
Reviewed 3 May 2015

If you are interested in history, history in NC (or Durham) or interested in the history and background of Tobacco, this would be a good place to visit. Take time to do the guided tour to get more out of your visit. Aside from the...More

Thank maxona
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