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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
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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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This place was surprising in its content and information. I had a very informative tour with an extremely well educated guide who explained the functions of the place in a clear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This place was surprising in its content and information. I had a very informative tour with an extremely well educated guide who explained the functions of the place in a clear and pleasant manner. Well worth a trip

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited mid week and when we arrived we were the only people there. We were invited to view the wonderful museum they have set up and also the available videos. This was a perfect introduction to the tour of the homestead and grounds. The museum provided lots of facts in a user friendly way and we learnt a lot... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The guide was very interesting and especially accommodating to the children on our tour. There is a movie explaining the beginnings of the tobacco empire in Durham.

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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 the old homestead shows rags to riches. you MUST make a DONATION to keep this... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 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 out buildings from the Duke Homestead. To go in some of the buildings you have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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!

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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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