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“Very interesting history”
Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #14 of 80 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was a very interesting history lesson. The Duke's were master marketers and visionaries in how to create a monopoly to make millions. The museum has a lot of old items on display, including TV ads banned for over 40 years. The tour guides could do a little more studying on the topic so that they would have more answers to the visitors questions.

Thank glw1861
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Duke Homestead shows the visitor how tobacco was grown, processed and made ready for market (not an easy process). It is well maintained and a nicely done museum. Worth a visit.

Thank John F
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

From small farm *which it was, the original Duke family farm* to giant monopoly (busted up by Teddy Roosevelt about 100 years ago) to a slow decline, but its recycled buildings are vital parts of Durham today. Excellent history and interpretation about tobacco farming.

Thank samuel j
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The museum and orientation film in the visitor centre are both very interesting. We enjoyed walking around the homestead and out buildings and had a picnic lunch in the gardens.

Thank snoopy-on-trinity
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

It may be a tough sell in this PC world, but the Duke Tobacco museum is an excellent interactive experience that exploits the tremendously successful tobacco industry in North Carolina with an understandable slant toward the Duke family and its incredibly popular BULL DURHAM brand for the first half of the twentieth century. Some fascinating dioramas, multi-screen push button exhibits and a rather brave and knowing realization of the damage and death that smoking has caused makes this a rather unique and valuable tourist diversion. I recommend it, as a life-long NON-smoker.

Thank expo66
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