Duke Homestead State Historic Site is a state historic site and National Historic Landmark in Durham, North Carolina. The site belongs to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural resources and commemorates the place where Washington Duke founded the nation's largest early-20th-century tobacco firm, the American Tobacco Company.
The Duke Homestead was built about 1852 by Washington Duke, on a farm that was about 300 acres (120 ha) in size when the American Civil War broke out. During the war, the property was, like many others, looted by Union Army. With little left beyond a small supply of tobacco, the family shifted from tobacco farming to tobacco processing, introducing cigarettes in 1881 to compete with loose-leaf tobacco.
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Miranda McCraw | Dec 26, 2017
Sweet little museum that's free to visit. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Plenty of parking and easy to find. They have a number of special events each year where vendors set up stalls and kids can do activities. If you have moved to Durham from elsewhere in the state/country/world, visiting Duke Homestead will provide you with all the necessary information to become a Bull City expert!
Titus Laney | Mar 1, 2018
It was an awesome school trip for the second graders. The children, and the parents, loved it. Very educational and fun.
Richard | Dec 5, 2017
Great place to learn the history of tobacco in NC, and you can't understand NC without understanding tobacco. We did the moonlight tour, which was really great.
Erin Robinson | Sep 14, 2017
We went here for Pork, Pickles and Pie. The museum was informative, the house interpretation was great and historically accurate and my kids enjoyed getting to taste various pies.
Meilinn Tram | Jul 23, 2017
Cute local place! I understood the duke family lived here. The historical site is a fun place with monthly fundraising events!
Roxy Taylor | Mar 24, 2018
Nice museum. Great volunteer tour guide. Educational. A lot of information about the tobacco industry and the Duke family. Their philanthropy continues today.
krista nelson | Jun 9, 2018
Amazing experience. The staff was very knowledgeable provided information regarding how Duke family started and grew an empire with tabacco
Andrew McMurdie | May 15, 2018
Great history and the homestead it's really pretty
Steamyb 2 | Jun 18, 2018
Good walk about, they spent most of the time staying away from tobacco deaths & millions made and and talking up the 'good'.
L Champlin | Jul 17, 2018
Informative museum with creative displays. The homestead is designed to look like it did in the old days. The guided tour is helpful.
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