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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Gained Tremendous Respect for Duke Family

Imagine starting over in life at nearly 40 with 50 cents in pocket and two blind mules on your... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David O
Frenchtown, New Jersey
via mobile
An interesting place, a bit faded

I visited with a college colleague and 35 students on 27 Jan 2018. It's worth a stop. There is a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brent P
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Imagine starting over in life at nearly 40 with 50 cents in pocket and two blind mules on your property completely ransacked from the Civil War! Washington Duke, and later his sons, created thousands of jobs, lead an entire industry with their innovations and marketing...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited with a college colleague and 35 students on 27 Jan 2018. It's worth a stop. There is a video and a museum for everyone. You can get a tour if you wish. Our guide gave us good facts, but she was fuzzy on...More

Thank Brent P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most important stops along North Carolina’s famed “tobacco road” is the Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham. A visit to this site will yield much more than the story of bright leaf tobacco and North Carolina’s “green gold.” It will reveal...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

45 minutes flew by as you walk to each well kept building and picture the people and see tools and set up for how tobacco was processed. The homestead has some lovely antique original pieces and you learn where "sleep tight" comes from! My guide...More

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 22 December 2017

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
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Mae S
19 December 2017|
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hi, I did not see a goldfish pond. it may still be there though
Peggy C
25 August 2015|
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Response from mljardaw | Reviewed this property |
Free - but you can make a donation if you want.