Preservation tour focuses on tobacco heritage

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

Preservation Durham will be hosting its 18th annual Old Durham Tobacco Heritage Tour this weekend in downtown Durham.
Durham's history is closely aligned with the rise and fall of the North Carolina tobacco industry, and the massive buildings that housed this manufacture are a big part of Durham's unique character.
Preservation Durham is inviting residents to take a behind-the-scenes tour of six historic tobacco manufacturing sites in downtown Durham:
• The Liberty Warehouse. This is likely the final chance for residents to see inside Durham's last remaining tobacco auction warehouse before its demolition in May.
• The Brame Warehouse. It is one of only two remaining prizeries in Durham. Tyler’s Taproom has already started renovations to turn this into its new event space and distillery.
• American Tobacco. Visit the modern office spaces of startups at the American Underground, check out some of the coolest event space at Bay 7, and take in the Power Plant theater.
• The Venable Tobacco Company.  Transformed into modern office space, the buildings in this complex were built in response to the changing transportation needs (rail and truck) of the 20th century tobacco industry.
• Liggett and Myers O'Brien Warehouse. These were renovated by West Village into luxury lofts.
• The Imperial Tobacco Warehouse. See the spaces featured in the 1988 movie “Bull Durham.”
The cost for tickets today or Sunday is $25. They are available at the Durham History Hub, 500 W. Main St. Advance ticket holders must pick up the tour guide at the Durham History Hub to begin the tour.