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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Learn about tobacco farming in a fun way

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Battle Lake, Minnesota
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

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

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 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.

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Battle Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 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.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 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 guided tour that takes you to the homestead, there is a museum that is self... More 

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Salado, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My husband and I visited the Duke homestead and were impressed with the authenticity. Regardless of what we now know about the dangers of smoking the tobacco industry had a huge impact on our nation's economy. Seeing this from the viewpoint of a late 19th century entrepreneur was interesting and educational. And speaking as a member of the generation that... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The homestead is largely a paean to the tobacco industry that made the Dukes wealthy--it's peaceful and pretty, but not much of real interest if one is not particularly interested in tobacco history. We did our own walking tour, but it might have been better to take a guided tour, which might have made it little more interesting. Wouldn't do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

OK so my kids were here at Thanksgiving -- I am new to the area. I had seen it all ready and while it's (the museum, not the house) very dated in many ways, it's also amazing in how it documents the rise of the Duke family. They were the JP Morgans of the antebellum (post civil war) south. They... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There's an entertaining tour of the tobacco industry that this farm played a role in, but it's not all that interesting compared to other Durham attractions.

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

On this tour, you learn about why North Carolina became so successful in tobacco growth and sales, and how the Dukes worked their way up the ladder through innovation. You tour inside the house, the tobacco "factory", and meet a cat or two along the way. I would recommend working this into a combination of sites that are close by... More 

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Plain City, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My husband isn't typically interested in museums, but he really enjoyed this site. I knew he would be because of the agricultural part of it, but I think he was also interested in learning this is where Duke University got its name. The guided tour of the homestead and outbuildings was very well done and it is really interesting to... More 

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Address: Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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