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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Off the Beaten Path Historical Site

I grew up visiting Duke Homestead, and over the years I've come to appreciate it more. So much of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Meredith S
Durham, North Carolina
Excellent look into little-known world of tobacco farming.

The Duke family was central to the Raleigh/Durham area due to their innovations in tobacco growing... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Dawn M
Vienna, Virginia
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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 4 weeks ago

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 7 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 28 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 5 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 2 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

Thank RahRahPR
Reviewed 21 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 19 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 18 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
Reviewed 15 September 2017

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
A TripAdvisor Member
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

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