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“interesting...even for a non-smoker”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #14 of 74 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.
Durham, North Carolina
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1,363 reviews
855 attraction reviews
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“interesting...even for a non-smoker”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 next to the machines. This was because so many injuries occurred the nurse had to be close.

Visited August 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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411 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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Oneida, NY
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 the authenticity.

Visited May 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“important place to visit to understand the area's past”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Nice grounds, lots of history”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 home as well as 4 other buildings used to dry and process the tobacco. Map provides a self guided tour.

Visited March 2014
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