Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

Historic Places & Landmarks

Admissions Office, Duke University

2138 Campus Dr, McClendon Commons, Durham, NC 27706

One of the nation's top universities, founded as Trinity College and renamed in 1924 after an endowment by James Buchanan Duke. Includes Neo-Gothic West Campus, Central Campus, and Neo-Georgian East campus, site of former racetrack and pleasure resort. Highlights include Duke University Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 7,060-acre Duke Forest, Duke Lemur Center, Nasher Museum of Art, and Duke University Medical Center. Campus tours conducted by reservation at
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Beechwood Cemetery

3300 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Contains many instances of funereal art and the graves of many of Durham’s early African-American business and community leaders. Located next to White Rock Baptist Church.
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In the early 1900s, African-American businesses prospered along what became known as "Black Wall Street." In the 1960s, Civil Rights pioneers staged sit-ins here and received a memorable visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Features NC Highway Historical Marker and six bronze sculptures commemorating the history of the street, and is the location of the Historic Parrish Street Forum, a meeting space that will also serve as a history education resource.
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Brightleaf Square

Gregson St at Main St, Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Built in the early 1900s to store and age the tobacco produced by the American Tobacco Company and on the National Register of Historic Places, Brightleaf Square consists of two separate warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and offices. The space between the two structures is now a public courtyard, hosting seasonal events and concerts. Tenants include luxury clothiers and jewelers; a record store complete with LPs, CDs, and Durham apparel; and a bookstore brimming with rare pieces of publishing history. There’s also a Brazilian steakhouse, a café featuring gelato and other desserts, and, across Main St. in another building, authentic Mexican, fresh seafood, and a brewpub featuring Durham-made beer.
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Bullington Warehouse

500 N Duke St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Last of the brick tobacco warehouses to be built in Downtown Durham in 1927. On National Register of Historic Places.
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City Place

501 Washington St, Durham, NC 27701

The Old City Stables, later the City Garage (late 1930s), have been transformed into City Place. Both the main building and the former Fire Drill Tower are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Duke Memorial United Methodist Church

504 W Chapel Hill St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Built in 1907, the twin-towered, Gothic Revival-style church named for Washington Duke features 10-bell, manually-operated carillon (performances nightly) and Holtkamp organ.
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Duke University

West Central Durham, Durham, NC 27708

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, including law, medicine, the humanities, and social sciences. It is also home to the Duke Lemur Center, the Duke Chapel, the Nasher Museum of Art, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Originally named Trinity College, it moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, the Duke family endowed the college with $40 million and it expanded to become Duke University, whose three campuses now frame Downtown Durham. The hub of the University is the Gothic-style West Campus, with richly detailed stonework and landscaped grounds. Central Campus connects West to East and houses the Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, and student housing. East Campus is the Georgian-style Old Trinity College Campus of the 1800s. Campus tours conducted M-F at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
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Durham Bulls Athletic Park

409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

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 Baltimore, DBAP includes a 32-foot high left field wall dubbed the Blue Monster, complete with a towering bull on top, terrific views from each of the 10,000 seats in the park, and a brick design that both harkens back to baseball’s storied fields (including the original Durham Bulls stadium) and matches the historic tobacco warehouses surrounding the stadium. Skyboxes, comfortable seats, a playground for children, many food options, and the year-round Ball Park Corner with Bulls' memorabilia mean that a AAA baseball game at DBAP is a memorable experience.
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Durham Hosiery Mill (Mill #1)

803 Angier Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Built c. 1902 as the nerve center of the world's largest hosiery mill complex. Today it provides housing for seniors. On National Register of Historic Places.
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Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House

708-710 Gilbert St, Durham, NC 27701

Built between 1920 and 1921, the Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House is located near the intersection of Holloway and Elizabeth Sts.
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Erwin Mills

713-731 Ninth St, Ninth Street District, Durham, NC 27705

Built in 1893, the mills originally produced tobacco bags and later became nation's largest producer of denim. Remaining buildings serve as office space and apartment homes.
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First Presbyterian Church

305 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

This 1916 building with German stained-glass windows stands on the site of two previous churches built by the congregation in 1875 and 1890. Currently led by Pastor Joseph S. Harvard.
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Former Wright's Automatic Machinery Co. Building

921 Holloway St, Durham, NC 27701

The factory dates from 1941 and is notable for its ties to Durham business titan Richard Harvey Wright and its own role as a supplier to the U.S. Navy during World War II and NASA up to the present day. Every spacecraft NASA has flown, including the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, has carried parts made in the Durham factory, according to the city's landmark-designation report.
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Foster and West Geer Streets Historic District

W Corporation, Madison & Washington Sts, Rigsbee Ave, RR Tracks , Foster St, Durham, NC

A seven-block mixed-use commercial and light-industrial area just north of the central business district. The district was developed from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Most of the buildings are free-standing low-rise edifices set on large parcels, with generous parking areas. Includes the Historic Durham Athletic Park, built in 1939 and home to the Durham Bulls baseball team from 1939 to 1963. Significant for its post-WWII light-industrial plants, retail businesses, government offices and facilities, and automobile-oriented businesses. Architecture is distinctive for Streamline Art Moderne and mid-century modern commercial and industrial buildings in Durham.
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Geer Cemetery

Camden at Colonial and McGill Sts, Durham, NC 27701

First cemetery for African-Americans in Durham, including the founders of White Rock Baptist Church and St. Joseph’s AME Church and organizer of the Hayti neighborhood. Includes some funereal art.
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Golden Belt

807 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Golden Belt Arts, Durham, NC 27701

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 restored campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour the galleries and artist studios, interact with local artists, and explore this creative hub which also houses a tattoo shop, salon, and yoga studio. The Golden Belt also regularly hosts special events, including the monthly Third Friday series when all of the 30 artists’ studios are opened to the public for viewing.
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Great Indian Trading Path

Snow Hill, St Mary's, and Mason Rds, Hillsborough, NC

Runs through Durham along present-day Snow Hill, St. Mary's, and Mason Rds. Famous Piedmont fur and deerskin trading route through what is now Durham. After 1670, used by European explorers, hunters, and settlers. Passes Arrowhead Inn (circa 1774), Historic Stagville, and Hardscrabble Plantation, all dating to the late 1700s.
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Historic Durham Athletic Park

500 W Corporation St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Originally named El Toro Park when it was first built in 1926, the Historic Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years, and was a film location for the movie Bull Durham. In 1995, the team moved to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a mile south, but this field is still maintained as the home of the NCCU baseball team and is available for rentals for special occasions. The park is a short walk from many of Durham’s great visitor draws including the Central Park dining and entertainment district.
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Historic Durham County Courthouse

200 E Main St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Renovated 1916 Neo-Classical-Revival building made of Indiana limestone. Facade of fluted stone pilasters with Corinthian capitals, solid bronze doors, and stone balconies.
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Historic Hillside High School

200 E Umstead St, Durham, NC 27707

Hillside Park High School was built in 1922. Of all the historically black high schools in North Carolina, it is the oldest that is still standing today.
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Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27701

Over 100 acres of history dating to 1869. Civil War veterans and soldiers, tobacco magnates, and community leaders rest here, including the Duke and Carr families. Many gravesites marked with Victorian funereal art.
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Mount Bethel United Methodist Church

1605 Bahama Rd, Bahama, NC 27503

Built around 1750 as a non-denominational meeting house. Transformed into a Methodist church in 1808.
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North Carolina Mutual National Historic Landmark / M&F Bank Building

116 W Parrish St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

The Parrish Street branch of M&F Bank, one of the oldest black-owned bank in the country. Originally built in 1921 for NC Mutual Life Insurance Co, the Neo-Classical Revival building serves as a symbol for Durham's "Black Wall Street."
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Old Bull Building

201 W Pettigrew St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Built in 1874 at the height of popularity of the W.T. Blackwell and Company's world-renowned "Bull Durham" tobacco brand. Now a National Historic Landmark containing upscale residences.
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Orange Street Mall

E Chapel Hill St and W Parrish St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Brick walkway named for a 19th-century tobacco brand “Orange of Durham.”
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Pauli Murray House

906 Carroll St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

Childhood home of Pauli Murray, a civil rights activist and the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. It was built by her grandfather, Robert Fitzgerald, a Civil War veteran who came south to teach emancipated African Americans. Murray worked throughout her life to fight racial, gender, and sexual discrimination, and the site is the future home of The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice.
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Quail Roost Farms

418 Quail Roost Farm Rd (off Roxboro Rd), Rougemont, NC 27572

Organized as a hunt club in 1875, it became one of the nation's leading stables and dairy farms. Riding lessons available.
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Temple Building

302 W Main St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701

1909 Spanish Colonial-style building, built with leftover materials from the 1909 Watts Hospital. Recently renovated by the Center for Community Self-Help.
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The Russell School

2001 St Mary’s Rd next to Cain’s Chapel Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Built in the 1920s and named for local supporter Thomas Russell, this is one of two historic Rosenwald schools in Durham County. The Rosenwald Fund, started by Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington, aimed to improve African-American education in the South by building schoolhouses.
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Trinity United Methodist Church

215 N Church St, Durham, NC 27701

1924 Gothic Revival church noted for woodcarvings. Famous members included Soong Chiao-chun, one of the leaders of China's 1911 Chinese Revolution, whose two daughters married Chiang Kai-shek and Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
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Venable Center

303 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

Once home to Durham's largest independent tobacco leaf broker, the Venable Center (c. 1905) has undergone an award-winning redevelopment into office, lab, and retail tenants. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 90,000-sq.-ft. campus was also used as a film site for the 1996 thriller Kiss the Girls.
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White Rock Baptist Church

3400 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Founded in 1866, this congregation was served for many years by Dr. Augustus Shepard, father of N.C. Central University founder Dr. James E. Shepard. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed its congregation with a history-making civil rights speech following the 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-in in Durham.
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October 24 - 24, 2014

Durham Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Concert

An evening of fun-filled musical offerings for the whole family including holiday inspired works by Copeland, Stravinsky, Saint Saëns and Williams. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, creator of giant puppets, masks and shadow plays joins the DSO in staged performances of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette and Stravinsky's Infernal Dance of King Katschei from the Firebird Suite. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks, beginning at 6pm. Best Costume contest. Hands-on instrument fun with High Strung Petting Zoo. Special guests Faith Baptist Church Children's Choir. FREE admission.

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