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Durham’s Tobacco History Walking Tour
August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Preservation Durham offers free walking and bike tours that introduce downtown Durhamâs history and architecture.
All tours depart and return to the Durham Farmersâ Market at 501 Foster Street. Meet on the grassy area across from the entrance to the Farmerâs Market. Look for a sign on the grass.
Preservation Durhamâs enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durhamâs past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known throughout the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durhamâs tobacco auctions to play the blues.
âThe tour touches on life in the work force, market days in Durhamâs auction warehouses, the development of the cigarette and how that brought Durham into the global arena, and transformation of Durhamâs identity from a city of tobacco to a city of medicine.â â Cynthia Satterfield, one of several researchers who prepared the program