Durham’s rich history is often celebrated and discussed. But Jennifer Farley’s new book, “Duke Homestead and the American Tobacco Company,” offers a beautiful visual tour through the Duke family’s, Durham’s and tobacco’s roots here.
With extended captions for the photos, it offers detail on the interconnectedness shared by people and businesses here. The Duke Homestead Historic Site manager takes people from “seed to sale” with tobacco, explains the Duke family’s role extended beyond being a benefactor for the university, and interweaves banking, textiles and electricity with the story of tobacco.
It’s a wonderful way to explore our city’s history. Farley is the recipient of this week’s Grit Award; we hope readers will take time to peruse her book.