Durham, North Carolina - Duke University Campus

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Serving the Durham, North Carolina Area

Durham, North Carolina has long been known for its mark on the tobacco industry, and later for its position as part of the Research Triangle Park along with Raleigh and Chapel Hill. But in recent years, Durham has seen a rise in art, culture and entrepreneurship, perhaps in part thanks to the fresh influence of Duke University and North Carolina Central University. It’s a proud time to live in Durham, and there’s much to see and do here.

Duke University

Duke University

If you’re planning a day of sightseeing in Durham, this university’s campus should definitely be on your list of stops. Much of it was designed by African-American architect Julian Abele who was inspired by Gothic architecture. This is particularly evident in the towering, regal Duke Chapel which imposes on the sky a sense of handsome solemnity.

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

After taking in the campus, visit the admission-free Sarah P. Duke Gardens, one of the top 10 public gardens in the country. You will see acres upon acres of carefully landscaped botanical sites that are sure to keep with the regal theme set forth by Duke’s Gothic architecture.

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American Tobacco district - Durhamn, NC

American Tobacco

Now that you’ve spent the day taking in some of the scenery, you can head to Durham’s entertainment district. Once the home of the Lucky Strike factory, the American Tobacco historic district is home to everything from great food to art and music events to esoteric shops and more. Eat at one of many restaurants, like the upscale NanaSteak run by Durham chef Scott Howell. Or, get a craft beer at Tyler's Taproom and save your room for the down-to-earth Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, where you can top your waffles in Dame’s decadent “shmears.” The famed Dame’s is just a short walk from the American Tobacco district and well worth the usual wait.

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Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham Performing Arts Center

End your evening in Durham with a night at the theater. The Durham Performing Arts Center opened in 2008 and has since become a staple part of the Durham nightlife. The highly-acclaimed facility is home to over 200 shows a year, including broadway hits, rock concerts and ballets. Sure to impress even the most traveled of theatre-goers, the DPAC is a must-see in Durham.

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Explore the History of Durham, NC

 Durham, North Caroline wouldn’t be the hub of culture and diversity it is today without its rich, colorful history. Before it was even known as the home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country—Go Blue Devils!— Durham was a site for many pivotal events. It was shaped through the years by Native Americans, European settlers, and war, making it the wonderful city it is today.


Before the Bull City was founded and named for Dr. Bartlett Durham in the 1800s, this area was prosperous. Two Native American tribes, the Eno and the Occaneechi, lived in the area, forming what is thought to be the ancient village of Adshusheer. Durham was one of the many settlements that the Great Indian Trading Path meandered through, helping the Native Americans mold it into a hub of activity.


When Europeans arrived in the area beginning in 1670, Durham was settled by Scottish, Irish, and English colonists. The land was granted by King Charles I to John Carteret, Earl of Granville. Settlers worked the land and built gristmills until the Revolutionary War, when it became mired in the struggles of war, including shortages of money, manpower, food, and supplies.


At this point, the town was still unnamed and would remain so until 1849 when Dr. Bartlett Durham provided land for a railroad station. Because of this rail station, the tobacco industry began to thrive in Durham, leading to Wesley Wright establishing the first tobacco processing factory in the city with Thomas Morris.


During the Civil War, Durham County was the site of the largest troop surrender of the war, which occurred at Bennitt’s farmhouse 3.5 miles west of town. This surrender inadvertently helped Durham become the go-to place for tobacco in the United States. The storehouse of J.R. Green was emptied of its contents, which led to soldiers that had returned home to write to Durham for more of its great tobacco—leading to the city’s tobacco boom and the birth of Bull Durham.


A few years later in 1881, Durham County, NC became established. In the years following, the American Tobacco Company was established and Durham continued to thrive. Now, the city is home to a culture that is progressive and diverse, making it a wonderful community for 1st Stop Auto Sales to serve.