Duke Homestead is the original site where Durham’s most famous businessman and humanitarian, Washington Duke, first grew and processed tobacco. Washington Duke’s visionary leadership helped propel his family’s business, the American Tobacco Company, to become the world’s largest tobacco company and helped make Durham into a tobacco empire. The Dukes invested not only in their business, but also gave large contributions to Trinity College, which later became Duke University.
Visitors to Duke Homestead can take a tour to see the Duke family’s restored 1852 home, an early 1869 factory, a tobacco curing barn and a packhouse. The visitor center features a Tobacco Museum containing 5,500 square feet of tobacco history exhibits and a film, “Legacy of the Golden Leaf,” which tells the story of tobacco and the Duke family.
Insider Tip: Admission is free but donations are accepted. Guided tours are scheduled at 15 minutes after each hour throughout the day.
The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.