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Historic Places

With a history that begins as a popular home for two tribes of Native Americans and leads to a city praised for its work in technology, education, and healthcare, it is of little surprise that Durham's past is both eventful and noteworthy.

With early development as a rural area with farms and plantations, Durham's antebellum past can be explored at sites like Historic Stagville. Durham would later host the negotiations that brought about an effective end to the Civil War, at Bennett Place, a historic site that can still be visited today. With the war's end came the beginning of the South's industrial revolution, starting with the tobacco and textile industries, which can be explored at Duke Homestead and repurposed mills and warehouses.

Durham is also where the civil rights movement gained significant traction, and is where one of the nation's premier universities made its home. Framed by the structural skeletons of its bygone days, Durham is blazing a path forward making new history, every day.

All of these events contain fascinating characters and stories that can be explored at Durham's historic places, including these state historic sites and the Durham History Hub. Browse the listings below to find the stories that interest you most, and see how today's Durham came to be.

 

Bennett Place Soldiers

Commemorating a Milestone

The surrender that effectively ended the Civil War took place in Durham, and its 150th anniversary is approaching. Learn about that and other ways Durham is tied to the Civil War. Read More

 

 

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American Tobacco

  • 300 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 433-1566
  • Downtown Area

The former home of the Lucky Strike cigarette factory has been transformed into a one-million-sq.-ft. entertainment district, complete with apartments and offices in addition to restaurants, a …

Bennett Place State Historic Site

  • 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 383-4345
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Bennett Place is the site of the largest troop surrender and the effective end of the Civil War. It was in April 1865 that Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his Union adversary, General …

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

  • 280 S Mangum St, Diamond View II, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Diamond View II, American Tobacco Campus
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 937-9909
  • Downtown Area

In a list of the ten sporting events fans should make a point of seeing, Thrillist named Tobacco Road Sports Café as a "must-hit spot" before a Duke-UNC game, recommending their fried catfish and …

Tonali

  • 3642 Shannon Rd, Ste 1
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 489-8000
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Formerly a sous chef at Durham's acclaimed Four Square, Tonali's head chef Andre Macias leads the way in combining Mexican flavors with local, seasonal ingredients. The menu changes weekly, but …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

Watts Grocery

  • 1116 Broad St, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-5040
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the old Watts St. Grocery that chef Amy Tornquist patronized as a child growing up in Durham, Watts Grocery is a restaurant serving dishes inspired by and sourced from the local area. …

 

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