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Durham Tobacco History Walking Tour


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Preservation Durham's enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durham's past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known throughout the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham's tobacco auctions to play the blues.

"The tour touches on life in the work force, market days in Durham's auction warehouses, the development of the cigarette and how that brought Durham into the global arena, and transformation of Durham's identity from a city of tobacco to a city of medicine." - Cynthia Satterfield, one of several researchers who prepared the program.

WALKING TOURS AND THE WEATHER Walking tours may be cancelled on short notice due to extreme heat or inclement weather. Walking Tours will be shortened to one hour on days when the temperature is above 90° or below 50°. Please take the weather into account when planning to join a tour. In hot weather, wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. In cold weather, bundle up and bring a cup of hot coffee! Always wear comfortable shoes. 

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604