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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Worth the detour and it's free

A great way to learn more about the Duke family and their contribution to this region. Make sure... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Durham visit

Very interesting history of Washington Duke and tobacco industry since 1860's. Bill the tour guide... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
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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
2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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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....

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Reviewed 16 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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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

First it's free. If you don't know about North Carolina & tobacco you will really enjoy & learn lot. I am from N.C but would recommend

Thank Fredboy1946
Reviewed 23 July 2017

You can learn A lot about the evolution of the American tobacco industry, anti trust issues and Duke university by reading the exhibit info. Try to go when they are demonstrating a tobacco auction or tying tobacco.

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Not a big tobacco fan, but he history of the Duke Family and the business they founded was very interesting. The guide was knowledgeable and very patient (since there was a screaming baby on the tour.) Museum is great, all the old cigarette machines and...More

2  Thank 19Dee67
Reviewed 19 July 2017

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 9 July 2017

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

1  Thank Captommy
Reviewed 3 July 2017

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
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Mae S
18 December 2017|
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Response from katsusanna | Reviewed this property |
Oh wow, I didn't know there was ever a goldfish pond! We've visited quite a few times but have never seen a goldfish pond.
Peggy C
24 August 2015|
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.