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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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Golden Belt

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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Historic Durham Athletic Park

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 …

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Historic Stagville

Once one of the largest plantations in the South, with 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land, Stagville is a preserved piece of history. Featuring an 18th-century house, a 19th-century house, …

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Museum of Durham History / History Hub

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

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

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.

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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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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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
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