At its height, The American Tobacco Company was the largest cigarette producer in the world. After it closed up shop in Durham in 1987, the campus of historic buildings sat empty for many years before being brought back to life as one of the largest historic preservation projects in North Carolina’s history. The end result is a home-run of adaptive reuse architecture.
It is easy to be transported to the past while visiting Patterson’s Mill Country Store in Durham. Memorable experiences await visitors who explore the store’s collection of artifacts, as well as the pastoral setting upon which it stands.
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start thinking about flowers, vegetables, herbs and more. Durham’s climate makes it a gardening-friendly area with many community gardens, plus gardening activities, classes and events in urban, suburban and rural areas.
The beauty of a place matters, and by a ratio of nearly four to one, in Durham residents rank community appearance as a high community priority at a rate of four to one. It is no surprise Tthat interest in beautiful landscapes carries over to a homeowner’s property in Durham.
From improvisational comedy and experimental theater to polished productions of well-known works, theaters in Durham offer a wide variety of experiences for residents and visitors alike. In fact, Durham has so many options to view performing arts that it’s easy to miss some of the smaller hidden gems that hold quality productions.
Durham has a bustling performing arts scene thanks to organizations like DPAC -- the Durham Performing Arts Center and the Carolina Theatre. That scene is enhanced by other organizations and venues that also bring diverse and exciting programming to stages throughout Durham to entertain residents and visitors alike.
There is great music everywhere in Durham. Whether it is indie rock at some of Durham’s hottest clubs, Piedmont Blues that originated here, great jazz by folks like Durham resident Branford Marsalis, or something a little more … classical, Durham’s got an offering to sooth every taste. One part of that community, the Durham Symphony, has been making music for more than 35 years.
North Carolina Central University was founded in 1910 as a religious training school and became the nation’s first state-supported liberal arts college for African-American students in 1925. But did you know that North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is also a cultural hub in Durham?
Durham played an important role in our country’s struggle for civil rights.
One site in particular where history was made is White Rock Baptist Church, a community gathering place that influenced generations of Durham residents for more than 140 years. It is a veritable landmark in the civil rights movement.
Durham’s rich heritage is full of notable African American historical achievements. More than 100 years ago African-American luminaries Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois heralded Durham as a role model for the black middle class
Durham is a place well-known for its science and medical research. Perhaps a little less well-known is a place here that serves as an intersection of those two disciplines. It is the Rhine Research Center and its work is one of the most unusual in Durham, to say the least.
The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top science attractions for families and one of the most family-friendly museums in the Southeast.
Durham used to be called The City of Medicine for its contributions to the medical community, but it is just as much a city of science and technology. Many contributions to everyday life were forged as a result of the discoveries and inventions that occurred here.
Throughout January, Exploring Durham is featuring articles about some of Durham’s most intriguing science and technology features.