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Duke Homestead

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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
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+1 919-477-5498
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

At Duke Homestead, visitors can tour the early home, factories, and farm...

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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Interesting history of tobacco and the Duke family

Although there was construction going on in the museum, the exhibits that were available were informative. I grew up in the era when TV and radio advertising made smoking seem... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Sharon L
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tons of information and exhibits showing the tobacco industry. The early cigarette making equipment is interesting, along with the period time houses and outbuildings. This is a great and inexpensive family outing

Thank Wes S
Harwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's free, there's a guided tour, and the staff is really nice and helpful. There's not a ton to see of the actual homestead, but the museum is really informative and interactive and one could spend a lot of time there.

Thank ashianasan
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very educational learning place for history buffs. You can tour the house, barns and see an educational film about the history of tobacco in Durham County. Usually there are historically dressed interpreters showing how life was back then.

Thank melaniedwoods
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Although there was construction going on in the museum, the exhibits that were available were informative. I grew up in the era when TV and radio advertising made smoking seem glamorous and sophisticated. My parents smoked, and my grandfather rolled his own cigarettes. The decline of tobacco use and the increase of health awareness and legislation has affected the economics... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The museum is easy access and has lots of parking. The history of tobacco is presented from pre-European settlers to present times with excellent displays and objects. There are great advertising pieces, a collection of implements, machines, and tobacco- related objects such as pipes and spittoons. There is a small tobacco store with periods items. There is a very good... More 

Thank Gary C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

A wonderful stop on our tour of NC. Insight into the beginning of the tobacco industry by Washington Duke and the effect it had on the uprise of textile mills and other industries in the mid Atlantic and South. Also the birth of Duke University. Original buildings and tools and machines. A guided tour, videos and interaction displays made for... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Enjoyed an unplanned visit to the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum while in Durham, NC. The staff were very pleasant, and the historic exhibits were very informative. The outdoor beehive exhibit was very enjoyable. We've never seen a beehive up close before, however Beekeeper Jamie was very knowledgeable and soothed our initial apprehensions. Thanks for the tour. Go and enjoy!

Thank Ernestsworld
Port Huron, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Hot! In summer walking around is quite hot. Interesting to see tobacco growing and some of the machinery. Maybe getting on a tour would make it better - I arrived too late - last tour over an hour before closing - check the website.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

The museum is all based around tobacco from its early stages to what we know as tobacco today. There is great historic machinery in their museum too.

Thank Phoenician81
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

we went and learned a lot. hard to believe it all started here for the duke fortune. the movie is very informative. we enjoyed the museum too. nice one hour activity.

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