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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 …

Brightleaf District

  • Gregson St at Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-9229
  • Downtown Area

The Brightleaf Square District is anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Located in the west end of Downtown Durham, the district also includes a …

Carolina Theatre

  • 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-3030
  • Downtown Area

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, this Beaux Arts-style building includes Fletcher Hall, restored to its original 1926 décor, which houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, …

Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame

  • 306 Towerview Dr, Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 613-7500
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Impressively, given the global academic renown that the university has captured, Duke University may be best known for their men’s basketball team. The Blue Devils have won four NCAA championships …

Duke Homestead State Historic Site

  • 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 477-5498
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

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 …

Duke University

  • West Central Durham
  • Durham, NC 27708-0079
  • (919) 684-8111
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, consistently included near the top of the U.S. News & World Reports' college rankings. Many of their programs are highly regarded, …

Duke University Chapel

  • 401 Chapel Dr, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708-9974
  • (919) 684-2572
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Duke Chapel is the most visible piece of Duke University's architectural beauty. Its tower soars 210 feet above West Campus, making this neo-Gothic building an awe-inspiring sight. The structure …

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

  • 409 Blackwell St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-6500
  • Downtown Area

Nationally acclaimed home of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball club, made famous by the 1988 movie Bull Durham. Designed by the same architects who created the historic Camden Yards in …

Golden Belt

  • 807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 967-7700
  • Downtown Area

Once a textile mill that made pouches for Bull Durham tobacco, the Golden Belt has been transformed into a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, studios, event spaces, and more. The …

 

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Durham, NC 27701 USA
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