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“Duke Family History and Tobacco”
Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #15 of 77 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.
Mebane, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Duke Family History and Tobacco”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

The displays were very good. Having been rather knowledge challenged on the subject of tobacco growing and harvesting, I learned a lot. The video was very interesting. It's always nice to see an 1850's home and the furnishings. Our guide took us to the tobacco factory on the property and showed us how the leaf was flailed and sifted. This is something that I had never seen before. The setting is gorgeous and very peaceful. The walk from the visitors center to the farm's buildings goes through a peaceful wooded area. Watch your footing on the farm. There are lots of roots to stumble on!

Visited September 2013
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Roxboro NC
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Educational and fun”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“You would be surprised”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Robbinsville NC
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Very Interesting”
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!

Visited July 2013
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new york
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“Easy, Fun American Tobacco History”
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.

Visited June 2013
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