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“A Must-Visit Site for North Carolina History”
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.
Reviewed 22 September 2017

My boys, ages 6 and 9, and I had a wonderful time here. We all learned so much about the history of tobacco manufacturing in North Carolina and the processes associated with its cultivation and preparation for market. It's a must-visit to understand North Carolina's history. The tour guide was wonderful with my boys, and the tour was thorough and in-depth, but short enough (maybe 40 minutes long) so that we were done before they got restless.

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"interesting history"
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"north carolina"
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"extensive museum"
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"historic sites"
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"different buildings"
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"small farm"
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"great history lesson"
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

My parents were visiting, so my husband and I were looking for places to visit, and a friend suggested the Duke Homestead. What a great suggestion! We went on a Friday around 1:00 pm. We brought our lunch and ate at the picnic area and enjoyed it!

After lunch we took the guided tour through the property and learned a lot about the tobacco history in NC and about the Duke family. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. After the tour we visited the tobacco museum.

Highly recommended visit. One can plan a great day out at the Duke Homestead with family and friends.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

When you visit the Duke homestead you will learn a lot about the growing and processing of tobacco but, mostly, you will be so impressed reading about the Duke family and it's origins. It is amazing to see the homestead and read about this tenant farmer who had such a great influence on North Carolina, it's medical community as well as Duke university and so much more. If you are in the area it's a must do.

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Reviewed 16 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 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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