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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
Phone Number: 919 477 5498
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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At Duke Homestead, visitors can tour the early home, factories, and farm...

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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Visited the Duke Homstead, Tobacco Museum and Beehive Exhibit.

Enjoyed an unplanned visit to the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum while in Durham, NC. The staff were very pleasant, and the historic exhibits were very informative... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed an unplanned visit to the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum while in Durham, NC. The staff were very pleasant, and the historic exhibits were very informative. The outdoor beehive exhibit was very enjoyable. We've never seen a beehive up close before, however Beekeeper Jamie was very knowledgeable and soothed our initial apprehensions. Thanks for the tour. Go and enjoy!

Thank Ernestsworld
Port Huron, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hot! In summer walking around is quite hot. Interesting to see tobacco growing and some of the machinery. Maybe getting on a tour would make it better - I arrived too late - last tour over an hour before closing - check the website.

Thank Jkdonova
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The museum is all based around tobacco from its early stages to what we know as tobacco today. There is great historic machinery in their museum too.

Thank Phoenician81
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

we went and learned a lot. hard to believe it all started here for the duke fortune. the movie is very informative. we enjoyed the museum too. nice one hour activity.

Thank gary a
Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We learned so much here about the Duke family, which started from humble origins at this very location, and developed into the American Tobacco Co., which a one point was the largest company in the world. There is an excellent video, a museum which includes a talking tobacco farmer robot and a complete walking tour by a well informed leader.... More 

Thank carolegth
Apex, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

This girl (guide) is a high school junior, she is just plain awesome! We enjoy this visit 100% the house inside is incredible! several things for you to see and to think of. The museum inside is very respectable. I was quite impressed. Congrats to the town of Durham and its honorable volunteers and personnel. They do a great job.

Thank Misifusmiau M
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It is a small museum, but if you love history and are one of those museum geeks who enjoy reading each exhibit, it's interesting and very educational. And a bit funny - there is this "robot tobacco farmer", who speaks with Southern accent when you push a button - a bit creepy, though. We also took a guided tour of... More 

Thank MI1004
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

really enjoyed this, gave a lot of history of tobacco in the area. better than I thought. go see it, you will not be disappointed.

Thank Darlene E
Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We stopped to see Duke Homestead and was not overly impressed. We walked around for about thirty minutes.

Thank MSO70
Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

We visited Duke Homestead with an 8, 12 and 15 year old. The introductory film was targeted at an older audience. My teenager got a lot out of it, but the 12 and 8 year old were bored. We DID NOT do the docent led tour. Instead, we did the self-guided tour. The walk through the property was very enjoyable... More 

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