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Duke Homestead

2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705-2726
+1 919-477-5498
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Doris Duke's Homestead

This is the real home of Doris Duke. She was quite visible when she was here. The folks that... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Betty E
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Loved it!

An amazing place to visit, with so much history given about the family and the area. The docents... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Victoria L
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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
+1 919-477-5498
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is the real home of Doris Duke. She was quite visible when she was here. The folks that keep this house up have done a wonderful job and on a cold Winter's day they might offer you some mulled cider. Great place to visit

Thank Betty E
Reviewed 22 May 2017

An amazing place to visit, with so much history given about the family and the area. The docents are great, very informative and friendly!

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We visited this place on May 5th. There is a parking lot in front of the entrance. The visit is free, you can make a donation. There is an introduction film about the history of the Duke family at 15 minutes past and 15 minutes...More

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I learned a lot from this tour. The tour guide was very informative. The museum had a ton of unique and interesting artifacts from the timeline of the history of tobacco/Durham. Without question, the best historical site to visit in the Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill...More

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Be sure to watch the film in the Visitors Center before walking through the museum and the grounds. It's very interesting how tobacco sort of...got its start here with Washington Duke at the end of the Civil War.

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Tons of information and exhibits showing the tobacco industry. The early cigarette making equipment is interesting, along with the period time houses and outbuildings. This is a great and inexpensive family outing

Thank Wes S
Reviewed 27 January 2017

It's free, there's a guided tour, and the staff is really nice and helpful. There's not a ton to see of the actual homestead, but the museum is really informative and interactive and one could spend a lot of time there.

Thank ashianasan
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Very educational learning place for history buffs. You can tour the house, barns and see an educational film about the history of tobacco in Durham County. Usually there are historically dressed interpreters showing how life was back then.

Thank melaniedwoods
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Although there was construction going on in the museum, the exhibits that were available were informative. I grew up in the era when TV and radio advertising made smoking seem glamorous and sophisticated. My parents smoked, and my grandfather rolled his own cigarettes. The decline...More

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The museum is easy access and has lots of parking. The history of tobacco is presented from pre-European settlers to present times with excellent displays and objects. There are great advertising pieces, a collection of implements, machines, and tobacco- related objects such as pipes and...More

Thank Gary C
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Peggy C
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Free - but you can make a donation if you want.