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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
919 477 5498
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Ranked #17 of 33 attractions in Durham
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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... more » 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. « less
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

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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62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Some visiting relatives and myself went to the Duke Homestead, as they had seen many of the other attractions in the area before. We thought it would be like an hour and go, but we were pleasantly surprised and stayed longer. There's a fixed exhibit on tobacco growing and the Duke family, supplemented by a 15-min video, and an hour-long... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

The museum and tour highlight a critical part of the area's history. Seeing the manufacturing machines in the museum was interesting along with the old TV ads for cigarettes. The tour shows how the Dukes started with pipe tobacco and moved up from there. The grounds and buildings were well maintained. If you are looking for a day trip destination... More

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Almere, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Well organised and with nice displays you learn a lot about Durham and the environment and life as it used to be at the beginning of the last century.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The displays were very good. Having been rather knowledge challenged on the subject of tobacco growing and harvesting, I learned a lot. The video was very interesting. It's always nice to see an 1850's home and the furnishings. Our guide took us to the tobacco factory on the property and showed us how the leaf was flailed and sifted. This... More

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Roxboro NC
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

we had a group of 10 and varied ages. You can really learn a great deal about the growing, processing and selling of tobacco. The Homestead itself is interesting to see but if you only have time to tour the Museum, then it is worth the visit. It is free but donations are accepted. Great gift shop. Easy walking tour.

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Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Worth the trip. Extremely interesting. Some very nostalgia items jogging my memory when I was a kid. The good thing, it not cheesy. Full of information on how the tobacco industry got started and boomed here in Durham.

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Robbinsville NC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I never smoked, but thought I'd check out the Duke Homestead anyway. I found it quite interesting. The original home of Washington Duke was pretty humble. It's amazing how the family ended up so wealthy...and how the company thought tobacco might be healthy for you. HA!

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