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Duke Homestead

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Important part of Durham history

The Homestead is not far from downtown Durham, but it's not easy to find, as it's a little north of... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Bruce M
Durham, North Carolina
Very Interesting place

Nice little Museum to learn about the History and impact of Tobacco in our area. Also a lot of... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Susan T
Reidsville, North Carolina, United States
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“tobacco museum”(12 reviews)
“guided tour”(18 reviews)
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
+1 919-477-5498
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Reviewed 25 September 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.

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 20 August 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.

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 12 August 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

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Reviewed 2 July 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

Thank ejplum
Reviewed 21 June 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

Thank ncbunnie
Reviewed 29 May 2018

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

Thank Ann N
Reviewed 8 May 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.

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Reviewed 27 April 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

Thank Andres V
Reviewed 22 April 2018

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

Thank Ray P
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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23 August 2018|
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Response from ejplum | Reviewed this property |
They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Mae S
19 December 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
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.