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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.

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Durham Black History

Explore Durham's African-American heritage with the resources and features contained in this portal. Read More

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Tour Durham's Tobacco History

Dig in to Durham’s tobacco past with this Preservation Durham tour of historic sites located in Downtown Durham. Read More

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Civil War Durham

Discover Durham's role before, during, and after the Civil War at three state historic sites. Read More

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Museum of Durham History / History Hub

  • 500 W Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 246-9993
  • Downtown Area

The Museum of Durham History is a 21st-century museum that uses stories about people, places, and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse …

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North Carolina Central University

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6100
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Located in the historic Hayti neighborhood on the eastern side of Durham, NCCU is home to an art museum, biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, an award-winning marching band, and …

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North Carolina Central University Art Museum

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 530-6211
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

NCCU was the first publically funded African-American liberal arts college in the country, and the school continues that legacy today with one of the state’s leading collections of art that engages …

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Patterson's Mill Country Store, Inc.

  • 5109 Farrington Rd, between NC Hwy 54 & Old Chapel Hill Rd
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27517
  • (919) 493-8149
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Patterson’s Mill Country Store has been open since 1973, but don’t be surprised if it feels much older: the memorabilia and artifacts displayed in the aisles and on the walls harken back to the …

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M&F Bank

  • 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 687-7800
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Founded by nine prominent African-American businessmen in 1907. Has operated continuously and profitably since opening for business one year later. 

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Maplewood Cemetery

  • 1621 Duke University Rd
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4156
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

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 …

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Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

  • First and Ground Floors Flowers Bldg, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 684-3814
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Named after the “great lady of Jazz,” pianist, composer, and teacher Mary Lou Williams, who was artist-in-residence at Duke University from 1977–81. The purpose of the Center for Black Culture, …

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Mount Bethel United Methodist Church

  • 1605 Bahama Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503-9104
  • (919) 477-4296
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Built around 1750 as a non-denominational meeting house. Transformed into a Methodist church in 1808.

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Museum of Durham History

  • Online Only
  • Durham, NC
  • (919) 246-9993
  • Downtown Area

History Beneath Our Feet, a project of the Museum of Durham History, is a unique online "Gazetteer" that tells the human side of Durham's compelling past through lively stories and images. Focusing …

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North Carolina Central University Women's Gym

  • 1801 Fayetteville St
  • Durham, NC 27707-9363
  • (919) 530-6100
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Location of the first integrated college basketball game in the South. Was played in secret behind locked gym doors in defiance of Jim Crow laws. NC College (now NCCU) defeated the Duke Medical …

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