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Duke Homestead

Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
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Ranked #15 of 27 Attractions in Durham
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Durham, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is the Duke family old homestead. Wonderful small museum and self or given tour of tobacco barns and home. School tours and events can be arranged. Christmas here is magical and definitely worth taking the time. All decorated as would have been and so calm and beautiful!

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Baltimore, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Definitely worth a stop if you're on the hunt for NC Historic Sites or just around in the Raleigh/Durham area. Great museum and the house is magnificent! The picnic area is a good spot to eat some lunch too.

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Durham, North Carolina
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485 reviews 485 reviews
298 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Washington Duke's sons founded the worlds largest tobacco company, American Tobacco Company. This made NC the center of the international tobacco empire. Duke University was named after the Duke's. My favorite thing in the museum was a cigarette dispenser that had 2 gum ball machines attached to it (my husband said they were mint machines). Some displays showed a nurse... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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263 reviews 263 reviews
60 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

They have a large museum here that was very enjoyable. There is also a movie that should not be missed. After that there is a tour of the outbuildings. Unfortunately, our guide could not answer any of our questions.

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Oneida, NY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Has a museum about tobacco, its history, growing, producing products. Nothing about the damage it does. While tobacco is bad it did lead to the development of the area and is a part of its history. The buildings on the grounds were interesting and as a photographer I liked the lack of signs and other modern attachments that take away... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

With the area's tobacco history this is a important stop for anyone trying to get to know the area. The museum is interactive and good for all ages. Admission is free.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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78 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Museum on the grounds gives history of the homestead and the Duke family as well as lots of displays and original machinery used in processing tobacco. There is also a 15 minute movie that gives info about the area and the start of the Duke empire and the impact of tobacco on the southern economy. Grounds consist of the original... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

My family recently visited the Duke Homestead located a little north of Durham, NC. They offer a rather extensive museum on everything tobacco-related, a 15-minute film and a guided tour of the buildings and grounds. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She made the history "come alive" with little know facts about the family and their personalities, quirks and all.... More

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