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Duke Homestead

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Duke Homestead Review

Washington Duke, patriarch of the now famous Duke family, moved into this house in 1852. It wasn't until he heard how the Union soldiers were enjoying smoking his tobacco that he decided to market his "golden weed." Explore the family's humble beginnings at this State Historic Site, which includes the first ramshackle "factory" as well as the world's largest spittoon collection. Guided tours demonstrate early manufacturing processes; the visitor center exhibits early tobacco advertising.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Downtown, Durham, NC, 27705 | Map It
  • Phone: 919/477–5498
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Durham
Updated: 10-12-2012

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