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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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The free guided tour was led by a Duke student who was quite knowledgeable. The tour covered the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Afoodie65
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Cold Spring, New York
Insightful visit

Before I visited the Homestead I heard several stories full of inaccuracies about the origins of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Andres V
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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
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The free guided tour was led by a Duke student who was quite knowledgeable. The tour covered the Duke family and its relationship to tobacco from farm, through factory and into the home. A definite stop if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Before I visited the Homestead I heard several stories full of inaccuracies about the origins of Duke´s Family. After visiting the homestead I learned quite interesting facts, while simultaneously learning a lot about the origins of tobacco industry at Durham while visiting the museum exhibition...More

Thank Andres V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great part of Tobacco history with interesting facts about how Durham became the Tobacco HQ for the US.

Thank Ray P
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We took the free 45 minute tour with a very pleasant young lady. Short interesting film is shown in the visitors center. Nice displays about the tobacco industry.

Thank Sue D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We spent a lovely couple of hours at Duke Homestead. When you pull into the parking lot it doesn't look like much, just a bland visitors center. However keep going, the good stuff is out back. The guided tour (free) was very worthwhile. Our guide...More

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 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
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 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
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

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
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hi, I did not see a goldfish pond. it may still be there though
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