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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
919 477 5498
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Ranked #19 of 36 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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Durham, North Carolina
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342 reviews 342 reviews
206 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 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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239 reviews 239 reviews
54 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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66 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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