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“A tribute to tobacco” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
919 477 5498
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Ranked #16 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.
New York, New York, United States
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“A tribute to tobacco”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The movie was great, a little cheesy with some other actors. My teenage daughter objected to the sad tone taken with the demise of tobacco, but the point was how tobacco's rise and fall led to the rise of Durham, and fall unless an alternative was found (medicine, they say). Very interesting lesson in a slice of economic history, and tobacco's role in advertising most of all. We did not tour the buildings, opting instead for a self-tour which had very limited value. Everything smelled like tobacco, not a good thing.

Visited January 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Very kid friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We go whenever we have out of town visitors. Very interesting and kid friendly. The guides we've gotten have been great and gear tours to the group. Many special programs during the year. Free.

Visited July 2012
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South Carolina
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“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

There is an interesting musuem, which is free of charge, that is worth visiting. One starts with a good, educational, film on the growth of the tobacco industry.

Outside, there was a very old home, which we found to be locked, and a number of small buildings used in tobacco farming.

Visited September 2012
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Arrowtown, New Zealand
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“worth the trip to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We enjoyed the history of the Duke where we stayed, top accomodation so we thought we would go and see where it all started from. The guide was very helpful

Visited July 2012
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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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“Nice History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I really enjoyed Duke Homestead just for a chance to step back in time and see what it was like so long ago. They still grow and dry tobacco here using the same methods. We went during the Summer Children's Festival and lots of local merchants were selling their wares, and there was a donkey-pulled wagon ride down the trail to the old Homestead. The little ones had a great time!

Visited August 2012
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