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Duke Homestead

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King tobacco

Visited with daughter before going on to Asheville through Winston Salem. Very informative museum... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Worthington, Ohio
Learned A Lot

Our tour guide was a gentleman who was a professor before his retirement and he was very... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2018
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Why support something that has killed so many people? Do not visit this place. How is this seen as something import to carry on? The place should not be glorified. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year more than 6...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TabaccoKills
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

Though tobacco today is not politically correct in some circles, it was the mainstay of the development of North Carolina after the Civil War. You can observe how a small farmer named Duke started an industry. Which led to amazing institutions such as Duke University,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 760bradv
Reviewed September 25, 2018

The Homestead is not far from downtown Durham, but it's not easy to find, as it's a little north of 85. Walking around the farm takes you back 150 years very fast. Worth the detour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bruce M
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Nice little Museum to learn about the History and impact of Tobacco in our area. Also a lot of information on the Duke family homestead. Very friendly and informative staff. Off the beaten path but worth a visit. Very small gift shop area.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Susan T
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Visited with daughter before going on to Asheville through Winston Salem. Very informative museum about tobacco's effect on so much in society, including the beginning of marketing. Outside is 40 acres of the original Duke farm with the original Duke homestead and several barn factories...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Our tour guide was a gentleman who was a professor before his retirement and he was very knowledgeable about the Duke Family. The house and farm were where Washington Duke and his family lived in the mid 1800's. You learn about the importance of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ejplum
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Stopped for a few hours and managed to catch most of an indoor tour led by a Duke student, but was disappointed to find that the tours of the house and grounds had been cancelled due to the heat. We totally understood that the guides...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ncbunnie
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Great tour guides! Touch real tobacco leaves, learn about how it made fortunes for entreprenuers of the past.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ann N
Reviewed May 8, 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Afoodie65
Reviewed April 26, 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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August 22, 2018|
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Response from ejplum | Reviewed this property |
They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Mae S
December 18, 2017|
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Response from Expedition381094 | Reviewed this property |
hi, I did not see a goldfish pond. it may still be there though
Peggy C
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.