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Review of Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead
Ranked #13 of 89 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 17 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 the time are authentic. The tour takes you right into the actual homestead and get to touch and hold the age old antiques of the time. It's a leisurely tour that lasts about 40 minutes. Definitely put this visit on the to do list for Durham. Does it give a neutral view of Mr. Duke... Leave it to your judgement but a worth while trip.

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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

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Reviewed 24 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.

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Reviewed 23 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 tobacco processing machines are worth the trip by themselves.

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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 appeared they could use some general trimming, plantings, or something to make it more pleasant.

The museum was well done, with displays throughout each room. The office area appeared non-historical...much like a vacant convenience store, which surprised us, due to its historical significance.

Thank IAmEve7
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