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“Interesting local history”
Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #14 of 77 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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting local history”
Reviewed December 3, 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 with kids, it is worth spends a couple of hours here.

Visited November 2013
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Almere, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Understanding the Area”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Mebane, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Duke Family History and Tobacco”
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 is something that I had never seen before. The setting is gorgeous and very peaceful. The walk from the visitors center to the farm's buildings goes through a peaceful wooded area. Watch your footing on the farm. There are lots of roots to stumble on!

Visited September 2013
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Roxboro NC
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134 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Educational and fun”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“You would be surprised”
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.

Visited November 2012
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