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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Engaging local history

I have visited Duke Homestead many times, and I have enjoyed it more and more each time. There is a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bobby J
Tobacco history

Very interesting tobacco farm and the history of tobacco. There is a good video of the process and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joyce B
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

I have visited Duke Homestead many times, and I have enjoyed it more and more each time. There is a surprisingly extensive museum about tobacco history and production in North Carolina. You can also watch a 15 minute video to get yourself acclimated to surroundings...More

Thank Bobby J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting tobacco farm and the history of tobacco. There is a good video of the process and real tobacco field.

Thank Joyce B
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I grew up visiting Duke Homestead, and over the years I've come to appreciate it more. So much of Durham's history is rooted here, with tobacco farming, and it's amazing to see how much it impacted our communities and state. Touring the property doesn't take...More

Thank Meredith S
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The Duke family was central to the Raleigh/Durham area due to their innovations in tobacco growing, tobacco product manufacturing and marketing. They became incredibly wealthy and poured out benevolence on the local community - think Duke University. This homestead site now offers a movie, museum...More

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We've visited Duke Homestead a few times. It's a place we often bring visitors, as it provides interesting insight into the history of the tobacco industry in NC and also provides the history of one of the state's most influential families. Definitely begin your visit...More

Thank katsusanna
Reviewed 6 October 2017 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 3 October 2017

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

1  Thank RahRahPR
Reviewed 22 September 2017

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 20 September 2017 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

1  Thank Su A
Reviewed 19 September 2017 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
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Mae S
19 December 2017|
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Response from katsusanna | Reviewed this property |
Oh wow, I didn't know there was ever a goldfish pond! We've visited quite a few times but have never seen a goldfish pond.
Peggy C
25 August 2015|
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.