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Duke Homestead

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Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
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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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nice and informative

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 July 2016
gary a
Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We learned so much here about the Duke family, which started from humble origins at this very location, and developed into the American Tobacco Co., which a one point was the largest company in the world. There is an excellent video, a museum which includes a talking tobacco farmer robot and a complete walking tour by a well informed leader.... More 

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Apex, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This girl (guide) is a high school junior, she is just plain awesome! We enjoy this visit 100% the house inside is incredible! several things for you to see and to think of. The museum inside is very respectable. I was quite impressed. Congrats to the town of Durham and its honorable volunteers and personnel. They do a great job.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

It is a small museum, but if you love history and are one of those museum geeks who enjoy reading each exhibit, it's interesting and very educational. And a bit funny - there is this "robot tobacco farmer", who speaks with Southern accent when you push a button - a bit creepy, though. We also took a guided tour of... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

really enjoyed this, gave a lot of history of tobacco in the area. better than I thought. go see it, you will not be disappointed.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

We stopped to see Duke Homestead and was not overly impressed. We walked around for about thirty minutes.

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Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

We visited Duke Homestead with an 8, 12 and 15 year old. The introductory film was targeted at an older audience. My teenager got a lot out of it, but the 12 and 8 year old were bored. We DID NOT do the docent led tour. Instead, we did the self-guided tour. The walk through the property was very enjoyable... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

I recently visited the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum and was very impressed. There is a large parking lot and there is free admission but they do have a donation box. There is a 17 minute or so introduction video that gives the history of The Dukes and of tobacco. You will get a lot more out of your visit... More 

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Rougemont, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

This is a wonderful way to learn history associated with growth in Durham. They host many events that are fun for the entire family.

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

The original homestead of Washington Duke, this is a simple place. The charm of the original structures and basic nature of the farm lured me in. This isn't a fancy or busy place (although I went in the winter). There's an interesting museum area where you can get the history of the cigarette.

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