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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...

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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Nicely presented object lesson about going from bad to good

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Penryn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank edmondite
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Enjoyed my time there. Interesting to learn a bit about Durham and how it came to be. Really cool exhibition.

Thank Reut B
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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

Thank 1Bustrav
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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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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