Durham General Attractions
Duke University – West Campus
DESCRIPTION: The landmark 1800-seat chapel and many other neo-gothic buildings on campus were designed by African American architect Julian F Abele in a time when it was near impossible for black architects to get such projects. Nirvana for flower lovers, Sarah Duke established these 55-acre landscaped and woodland gardens featuring more than 2,000 kinds of plants, miles of trails. A must visit, if you like gardens.
DAYS & HOURS: tours held Mon-Fri 11:30a & 2p
ADDRESS: main entrance on Duke University Road, Durham, NC MAP
PHONE: 919-684-3214 or 919-684-8111
Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
DESCRIPTION: A 1907 twin-towered, Gothic, Revival-style church named for Washington Duke. It features a 10-bell, manually operated carillon and Holtkamp organ. Carillon bell performances are held nightly.
ADDRESS: 504 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC MAP
Great Indian Trading Path
DESCRIPTION: Famous Piedmont fur and deerskin trading route through what became the City of Durham. After 1670, it was used by European explorers, hunters and settlers. It passes by Arrowhead Inn (circa 1774), Stagville and Hardscrabble Plantations dating to the late 1700s.
ADDRESS: Snow Hill, St. Mary’s and Mason Roads, Durham, NC MAP
Old Bull Building
DESCRIPTION: This 1874 Italianate architecture, now a National Historic Landmark, was built at the height of popularity of the W.T. Blackwell & Company’s world-renowned Bull Durham brand. Logo art on the Lucky Strike water tower is symbolic of some of the most famous advertising art in the world.
ADDRESS: 201 West Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC MAP
DESCRIPTION: Features rare books, manuscripts & special collections. “Third Person” exhibit probes the life experiences of enslaved Americans from the late 1700s thru 1865. The distinction of this exhibit is how it reveals the ambitions, motivations and struggles of enslaved people who toiled in voiceless anonymity in the region.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 9a-9p, Fri 9a-5p, Sat 1p-5p
ADDRESS: Duke University, West Campus, Durham, NC MAP
Quail Roost Farms
DESCRIPTION: Organized as a hunt club in 1875, it became one of the nation’s leading stables and dairy farms. Today, it serves as a home for Duke’s equestrian team and Rougemont Red Mountain Hounds hunt club. Riding lessons and barn tours are available.
ADDRESS: Highway 501 at Conference Road, Rougemont, NC MAP