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Location: Downtown Durham
Tobacco Road Tours takes you on a motorized, professionally guides tour to where Durham’s roots began & where the City has evolved today.
North Carolina’s “Triangle”, with some of the United States best historical markers, culture, architecture, food and stories await you as we travel the “City of Medicine” on TRT’s Historic Durham tour.
Thanks to media marketing, modern census figures and a shared international airport Raleigh/Durham exists in the minds of many Americans as a single city in the southeastern United States. However, as native Tarheels are well aware, Raleigh and Durham are two distinct communities. They lie about 25 miles apart within the rolling hills of Piedmont North Carolina. Each has a fascinating history that makes it unique and worthy of individual study.
Really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Brad was great. Very informative and fun. The tour gives you a lot of history of the area and plenty of ideas about things to do in Durham.
A bit more than a half century younger than Raleigh, Durham, grew around a railroad station established in rural Orange County. In 1849 Dr. Bartlett Durham gave less than four acres to the North Carolina railroad, Durham’s station was built and named in his honor. The first post office opened in 1853, but the town was not incorporated until 1869. The new town wanting a stronger voice petitioned the legislature to create Durham County from portions of Orange and Wake Counties. The first Tobacco factories opened in 1858. Growth was slow until after the Civil War when local industrialists opened their own factories and Durham’s main industry began to draw worldwide attention. Textile plants were opened to make the cloth bags for tobacco. It was also during this period that Washington Duke and Julian S. Carr donated money and land to Trinity College on the condition that it relocates from Randolph County; and it did so in 1892.
Historic Durham Tour: The “City of Medicine” the “Bull City”:
- Durham County has 58 locations on the National Register of Historic Places
- The Downtown Business District, Ninth Street, Brightleaf Square, Warehouse District, Parish Street (Black Wall Street) and Museum of Life & Science
- Bennett Place, where the Civil War surrender was negotiated;
- Historic neighborhoods like Hayti, Watts-Hillandale, Old West Durham, West Club Boulevard and Trinity Park.
- Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery, Old Durham County Courthouse (Neo-Classical Revival) Duke’s East Campus.
- The American Tobacco/Durham Bulls Ballpark area City Place, Arrowhead Inn and West Village
- Cruise Duke University Campus, North Carolina Central University, Duke Forest, the American Tobacco Trail, Eno River Parks and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
- DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) and the Duke Homestead National Historic Site (real tobacco heritage) Durham Bulls Stadium and more.
- Tour is a comprehensive 2.5 hour in length with two to three stop & go opportunities (walk, restroom, etc.) Chilled bottled water included in guest fee.
We took the Durham tobacco historical tour and I felt like my favorite cousin was taking us on a 2 1/2 hour magical ride. Brad was charming as only a Southern man can be, and so full of interesting history and jokes. I was very impressed by his relaxed manner and knowledge of the area and history.Do not miss this experience.
Note: Tour runs rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes; there are 2 to 3 stops along the tour for attractions, photo opportunities, and bathroom break. Tour runs 3 hours. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to departure time. Please provide your mobile phone number for communications purposes.
Register in advance. If you are trying to register for a tour the morning of, please call (919) 371-2653 to check availability. Sorry, no exchanges or refunds. If we have to cancel the tour due to extreme weather or similar, we will refund your money.
Please note gratuity is not included in the ticket price. Our guides appreciate gratuities or TIPS where earned.
Please contact us for private VIP, group rates or corporate services.
|Departs From:||Durham Visitors Center
212 W. Main
Nearest Parking Deck:
Corcoran Street Garage – 212 Ramseur Street.