This national historic landmark marks the spot where Washington Duke started his worldwide tobacco empire. After learning of the demand Union soldiers had for brightleaf tobacco during his service in the Civil War, Duke returned to the fledgling tobacco operation he had left behind, built a small factory, and began selling his product to the world.
The historic site includes the restored mid-1800s Duke family home, tobacco barns, original factory, and farm. It also has a museum to showcase the beginnings of the modern day tobacco industry, complete with demonstrations of early farming techniques and manufacturing processes, special programs, and experts to answer any questions you may have.
Please call at least two weeks ahead to schedule a school group or a group of 10 or more people.
An in-depth round table discussion highlighting the African American experience in North Carolina as it relates to the tobacco industry and the Duke family during the 19th and 20th c…