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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
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At Duke Homestead, visitors can tour the early home, factories, and farm...

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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Tobacco HIstory in Front of You!

The Duke family made its fortune in the tobacco industry, but it all started here at the small family farm just after the civil war. If you are at all curious about the Duke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Mebane, North Carolina
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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original homestead of Washington Duke, this is a simple place. The charm of the original structures and basic nature of the farm lured me in. This isn't a fancy or busy place (although I went in the winter). There's an interesting museum area where you can get the history of the cigarette.

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Mebane, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The Duke family made its fortune in the tobacco industry, but it all started here at the small family farm just after the civil war. If you are at all curious about the Duke family, or about tobacco history, this is the place to stop and visit. Guided tours are offered at various times during the day, or you can... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The home of Washington Duke can be visited on a guided tour, and visitors can walk through the tobacco museum on their own. Last weekend friends and I enjoyed a candlelight tour of the site. It was fabulous with offerings of hot cider and popcorn, dancing the Virginia reel, singing carols, decorating a tree, and taking a horse cart ride.

Thank Cathie M
Golden, Colorado, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

We were in Durham to visit the Bennett Place (Civil War surrender site), and happened to see this listed in the AAA book, so we went. The Duke Family Homestead was mildly interesting, but the Tobacco Museum on the same grounds was fascinating, even to us non-smokers. We read every exhibit twice. Whatever your take is on smoking, this is... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Since most of Durham was built on the Duke family's tobacco money, it's a good idea to remember how it happened and an object lesson in how some good things can come out of really bad ones. Well presented museum in a pretty location which both explains how and why tobacco growing and processing happened here, how it was done,... More 

Thank semarumi
Penryn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The guided tour gives the history of the Duke family and the start of its tobacco empire. On a family farm and in a little tobacco shed, the cigarette kingdom was born in the USA. Learn how the term "bull pen" came about, too!

Thank Sue B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This home and museum is well worth seeing if you have any interest in American history. As a former smoker, I now understand how tobacco growing and marketing grew to be the industry that it became. Very informative.

Thank AtlantaJim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Included in this site are a museum of the Duke family and the tobacco industry of the area. The museum has some lovely pieces of tobacco and smoking history, a short film, gift shop. Tour guides lead you to the Duke home and various tobacco farming out buildings. If youve got an extra hour and love history or smoking, make... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Very well done exhibit of the story of tobacco in this country. The story of the Duke family was told and how Duke University got its name.

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edmond, oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I didn't know much about the area or the Duke family until I visited the Duke homestead. The short movie and free museum were very well done. I walked around the outbuildings on my own - probably would have been better with a tour but I learned a lot from the museum so that helped. Great way to spend a... More 

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