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“Educational and fun”
Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #14 of 80 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 September 2013

we had a group of 10 and varied ages. You can really learn a great deal about the growing, processing and selling of tobacco. The Homestead itself is interesting to see but if you only have time to tour the Museum, then it is worth the visit. It is free but donations are accepted. Great gift shop. Easy walking tour.

Thank channingway
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Worth the trip. Extremely interesting. Some very nostalgia items jogging my memory when I was a kid. The good thing, it not cheesy. Full of information on how the tobacco industry got started and boomed here in Durham.

Thank HJC5625
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I never smoked, but thought I'd check out the Duke Homestead anyway. I found it quite interesting. The original home of Washington Duke was pretty humble. It's amazing how the family ended up so wealthy...and how the company thought tobacco might be healthy for you. HA!

Thank WoodsRobbinsvilleNC
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Quite interesting, not sure why is not high up on the attraction list.
Easy to get to via GPS, plenty of parking space and free admission.

A 45 minute guided tour which gives you the North Carolina tobacco history, demonstration, and the tour of the farm, factory, and warehouse all on the property. A 15 minutes short film in an auditorium on tobacco.
The museum is simply display but easy to read and you get the entire history of the uprising of the tobacco industry, its inventions (some you will never think of), its impact, etc.

Beware if you are allergic to smell or dust. The demonstration of the tobacco leaves will give off powder in the air. Wear insect repellent also due to mosquito in the field.

Thank CDEMOM
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Take a guided tour of the grounds and hear how Washington Duke made good switching from tobacco farmer to processor. This is where the Duke family fortune was made and increased exponentially by his son Buck. Our docent was knowledgeable and gave a great tour.

Thank ThePackedBag
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