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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Tabacco Road

Small exhibit. Great film. Shows how the Duke family made their fortune. Informative.

Reviewed 18 March 2012
lolojackso
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Durham, North Carolina
Great!

It was very interesting and informative. Learned a few new things about tobacco through the years... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2012
MartyL555
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Greenville, NC
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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
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Small exhibit. Great film. Shows how the Duke family made their fortune. Informative.

Thank lolojackso
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

It was very interesting and informative. Learned a few new things about tobacco through the years in NC, even though I am a native. The staff was very helpful.

Thank MartyL555
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

As a new resident of NC, I wanted to visit this historic landmark and learn more about the amazing Duke family. And amazing they were! The Duke's have a wonderful legacy of good that they have shared with all American's in one way or another....More

2  Thank bseashore
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

If you want to know anything about tobacco, this is the place. Beautiful settings on the Duke Farm and a museum to walk you through the tobacco process. Check for events as it is great for kids.

2  Thank ted3020
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

to see that small wooden buildng as the startng pont of the tobacco industry is mind blowing . The cultural sgnificance of that building cannot be over estimated and it was empty. if you get the chance GO SEE

1  Thank karl b
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

A very educational spot for middle age kids learning about the history of the region of of tobacco farming (i don't smoke either, let's not focus on that). And as a photographer, I found zillions of things to grab my attention. I'm going back.

Thank bruce h
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

WHY YOU'D GO HERE: * The grounds have a lot of natural, rustic beauty, especially in the fall. * It's free * It has a lot of old tobacco and farm artifacts. mostly from the 1870s to 1930s * If you're from a western state...More

4  Thank Curlywillow
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

I took family here just for “something to do” and was pleasantly surprised at how informative and fascinating the history surrounding the area is. To best enjoy the visit be sure to take a guided tour. The volunteers to a great job explaining the origins...More

2  Thank SunnySkiesAhead
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

My husband and I visited the Duke Homestead in July. He had grown up on a farm and had worked in tobacco as he was growing up, so he was especially interested. It was helpful to me for him to explain some things to me....More

2  Thank 4chismom
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

A person at the desk upon entering told us there was a movie and a pamphlet for a self guided tour through the buildings. It would have been better if there was at least one guide in the house and barn buildings to answer questions....More

2  Thank longleafpine
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hi, I did not see a goldfish pond. it may still be there though
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