“American Tobacco Historic District is a historic tobacco factory complex and national historic district located at Durham, Durham County, North Carolina. The district encompasses 14 contributing buildings and 3 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.
I had passed this area before but never had the opportunity to stop. We had arrived in Durham on Sunday for an early Monday appointment and took a short drive after dinner. Mr. B found a spot to park where he could sit and wait for me and off I went. I passed under this sign thinking that I would snap a photo or two and then come back another time when he was able to walk through with me. Well…that was the original plan. Once I was in, I stayed for well over an hour taking photos and enjoying the park-like setting. I may not be a fan of tobacco but I understand what is was and is to the state that I call home these days. What has been done to this complex is amazing. There’s so much to see – Come on–take a walk with me.There were folks enjoying the park-like setting and enjoying dinner in one of the many restaurants in the district. The children loved the water feature that flows through the center of the area and it is a great place for photos. I loved the stepping stones across the water.
I hope that you enjoyed the mini-tour through the American Tobacco Historic District. I will definitely go back again when I have some time to poke around more. Besides the historic value of this place – there are just so many things that made me smile. If ever in the area, be sure to check it out. If you have visited this place, be sure to leave a comment to tell me what I missed so I can be sure to see it when I go back.