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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Museum and Tour

It is amazing all the information about the tobacco industry of our country since the late 1800... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
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A pleasant surprise

I admit I avoided visiting this state historic site because I did not want to support the tobacco... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durham, North Carolina
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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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2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is amazing all the information about the tobacco industry of our country since the late 1800. It is a must when in Durham. It is free and the people that work there are so friendly and helpful. It takes you back in time and...More

Thank LocaLucy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I admit I avoided visiting this state historic site because I did not want to support the tobacco industry, but the only folks benefiting from a visit to the Duke Homestead nowadays are people like me who appreciate history and are curious enough to want...More

Thank RahRahPR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boys, ages 6 and 9, and I had a wonderful time here. We all learned so much about the history of tobacco manufacturing in North Carolina and the processes associated with its cultivation and preparation for market. It's a must-visit to understand North Carolina's...More

1  Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My parents were visiting, so my husband and I were looking for places to visit, and a friend suggested the Duke Homestead. What a great suggestion! We went on a Friday around 1:00 pm. We brought our lunch and ate at the picnic area and...More

2  Thank Su A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you visit the Duke homestead you will learn a lot about the growing and processing of tobacco but, mostly, you will be so impressed reading about the Duke family and it's origins. It is amazing to see the homestead and read about this tenant...More

Thank Junebug1953
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great way to learn more about the Duke family and their contribution to this region. Make sure you take the guided tour too. The tobacco museum is very well done. You can easily spend 2 hours there learning about the business, history etc....

Thank thefrenchguy2015
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Very interesting history of Washington Duke and tobacco industry since 1860's. Bill the tour guide was very good at presenting the history, highly recommend a trip. The actual house that the Duke family lived in and some of the work places and tools used at...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

First it's free. If you don't know about North Carolina & tobacco you will really enjoy & learn lot. I am from N.C but would recommend

Thank Fredboy1946
Reviewed 24 July 2017

You can learn A lot about the evolution of the American tobacco industry, anti trust issues and Duke university by reading the exhibit info. Try to go when they are demonstrating a tobacco auction or tying tobacco.

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Not a big tobacco fan, but he history of the Duke Family and the business they founded was very interesting. The guide was knowledgeable and very patient (since there was a screaming baby on the tour.) Museum is great, all the old cigarette machines and...More

2  Thank 19Dee67
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