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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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St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF) is a non-profit organization that manages the Hayti Heritage Center. SJHF is dedicated to preserving Durham's African-American heritage and the impact of the …

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West Point on the Eno

Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the …

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Selena Warren Wheeler Collection at Stanford L. Warren Library

Collection of African-American cultural artifacts, history, and literature named for Warren’s daughter. The second African-American library in North Carolina, it was originally established in 1913 in …

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Site of Former Downtown Durham Woolworth Store

Site of 1960 lunch counter sit-in where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared and first endorsed direct but non-violent confrontation with segregation laws. King's famous "Fill up the jails" speech in …

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St. Joseph's Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center

A cultural arts and arts education facility located near Downtown Durham in the historic Hayti community. The center preserves and advances the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the …

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Temple Building

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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Trinity United Methodist Church

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. …

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Venable Center

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 …

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Vincent and Ethel Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection

Historic low brass musical instrument collection displaying over 250 vintage instruments. Tours by appointment only, call for more information.

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White Rock Baptist Church

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 …

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