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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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No Tours Available When We Were There

We stopped here late one afternoon (perhaps around 4pm) and were told the tours had stopped... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Very interesting history

The tour was good, be prepared to walk outside on level ground. Very knowledgeable staff giving... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
West Union, South 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
+1 919-477-5498
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped here late one afternoon (perhaps around 4pm) and were told the tours had stopped, although we were free to roam the property on our own, as well as the museum. The Homestead is free, and the grounds are a bit tired, as it...More

Thank IAmEve7
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was good, be prepared to walk outside on level ground. Very knowledgeable staff giving tour. Get to visit inside of home and see/understand the tobacco process. Museum has some great equipment documenting the progress of cigarette production. Documented the Duke family businesses and...More

Thank Captommy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here this weekend, and Jimmy our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The facility offers a golf cart for people like myself that have a more difficult time walking and maneuvering over roots on the ground. The tobacco museum was interesting, especially...More

Thank KimStephen
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is the real home of Doris Duke. She was quite visible when she was here. The folks that keep this house up have done a wonderful job and on a cold Winter's day they might offer you some mulled cider. Great place to visit

Thank Betty E
Reviewed 22 May 2017

An amazing place to visit, with so much history given about the family and the area. The docents are great, very informative and friendly!

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We visited this place on May 5th. There is a parking lot in front of the entrance. The visit is free, you can make a donation. There is an introduction film about the history of the Duke family at 15 minutes past and 15 minutes...More

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I learned a lot from this tour. The tour guide was very informative. The museum had a ton of unique and interesting artifacts from the timeline of the history of tobacco/Durham. Without question, the best historical site to visit in the Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill...More

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Be sure to watch the film in the Visitors Center before walking through the museum and the grounds. It's very interesting how tobacco sort of...got its start here with Washington Duke at the end of the Civil War.

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 29 January 2017

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
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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
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Peggy C
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.