American Tobacco Campus, Durham

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The American Tobacco Historic District is a historic tobacco factory complex and national historic district located in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina. The district encompasses 14 contributing buildings and three contributing structures built by the American Tobacco Company and its predecessors and successors from 1874 to the 1950s. Located in the district is the separately listed Italianate style W. T. Blackwell and Company building (1874-1880, c. 1904). Other notable contributing resources are the Romanesque Revival style Hill Warehouse (1900), Washington Warehouse (1902–07), the Lucky Strike Building (1901–02), and Reed Warehouse; Noell Building (c. 1930); Power Plant and Engine House (1929–39); and the Art Moderne style Fowler (1939) Strickland (1946) and Crowe (1953) buildings.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as the American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant.
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  • This is without a doubt the most interesting and creative reuse of a former industrial site I've ever encountered. Using materials from the cigarette factory and it's environs, they created a...  more »
  • Just so pretty. We do a quick stop every time we are in town. Love the YMCA Cage and the beautiful water features down the middle. Really a peaceful, lovely example of repurposing a part of history...  more »
  • There is so much to do in the American Tobacco District! If you want a nice meal with a lovely walk and talk date, this is your spot. Lots of yummy restaurants and plenty of area around the Lucky Strike Tower to walk around and sit at tables and fun spots to talk and enjoy the company of friends and family. There's even fire pit for cold nights. Of course, there's the awesome Durham Bulls baseball park to enjoy a summer game! Great place for a date night or family night!
  • This place is great to visit, especially during the summer months when you can go outside and drink a beer in one of the bars along the little stream that goes through the place. Parking in one of the decks is easy and often free during the weekends (if there is no game going on). Also good to walk with pets, but be aware that there are some green areas where pets are not allowed.

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