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Durham Visitors Center presents

Historic Durham Tobacco Empire Sightseeing Tour

  • Adult ( 15 and over): $51.24, Child ( 8 to 14): $21.35

Historic Durham Tour: The "City of Medicine" the "Bull City" ( This tour runs every other Saturday). A bit more than a half century younger than Raleigh, Durham, grew around a railroad station established in rural Orange County. In 1849 Dr. Bartlett Durham gave less than four acres to the North Carolina railroad, Durham's station was built and named in his honor. The first post office opened in 1853, but the town was not incorporated until 1869. The new town wanting a stronger voice petitioned the legislature to create Durham County from portions of Orange and Wake Counties. The first Tobacco factories opened in 1858. Growth was slow until after the Civil War when local industrialists opened their own factories and Durham's main industry began to draw worldwide attention. Textile plants were opened to make the cloth bags for tobacco. It was also during this period that Washington Duke and Julian S. Carr donated money and land to Trinity College on the condition that it relocates from Randolph County; and it did so in 1892. Places you will visit on this tour: The Downtown Business District, Ninth Street, Brightleaf Square, Warehouse District, Parish Street (Black Wall Street) and Museum of Life & Science Bennett Place, where the Civil War surrender was negotiated; Historic neighborhoods like Hayti, Watts-Hillandale, Old West Durham, West Club Boulevard and Trinity Park. Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery, Old Durham County Courthouse (Neo-Classical Revival) Duke's East Campus. The American Tobacco/Durham Bulls Ballpark area City Place, Arrowhead Inn and West Village Cruise Duke University Campus, North Carolina Central University, Duke Forest, the American Tobacco Trail, Eno River Parks and Sarah P. Duke Gardens DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) and the Duke Homestead National Historic Site (real tobacco heritage) Durham Bulls Stadium and more. Tour is a comprehensive 2.5 hour in length with two to three stop & go opportunities (walk, restroom, etc.) Testimonial: "Really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Brad was great. Very informative and fun. The tour gives you a lot of history of the area and plenty of ideas about things to do in Durham."

Durham Visitors Center

101 E. Morgan St.

Durham, NC 27701

  • Saturday, 20 October

    1:00 PM

  • Saturday, 27 October

    1:00 PM