Durham, North Carolina
Originally called the “flower of the Carolinas” by English explorer John Lawson, Durham has had many monikers since its 1849 establishment. Durham has been called Bull City due to its tobacco industry and it is also known by many as the home Duke University Blue Devils. However, it now wears a new title that will likely remain for some time—City of Medicine. This due to having become home to Nobel prize winning scientist, over 100 major research and development companies and a work force where 1 in 4 people are in health care.
If you love architecture, then Durham is a showcase extraordinaire! You will find Art Deco, Romanesque and Neoclassical work on many of the building and houses. But, if you prefer the atmosphere of the museums, then head to Hayti Heritage Center on Fayetteville Street. The Hayti’s Collection contains a 9th century Chi Warra Headdress from Bambara, Mali, a collection of African art, as well as medieval and Renaissance art. The NC Central University has modern art like Burke’s Fallen Angel and at the Nasher Museum you will be amazed by the 5 pavilion, 8 acre complex which includes a sculpture garden.
There are several museums and historic locations in Durham. At the Bennett Place State Historic Site, you will see where Confederate General Joseph Johnston met with General Sherman to discuss the terms of surrender. The Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum gives the history of the tobacco industry, and on Fayetteville Street, you can see White Rock Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his 1950’s “Fill up the Jails” speech.
Durham is home to a number of places to the performing arts. You may choose from the Durham Arts Council, the Carolina Theatre, the Manbites Dog Theatre, the Hayti Heritage Center, Duke University and NC Central University.
For family friendly activities, visit the NC Museum of Life and Science
where there are numerous hands on activities that range
in topics from railroads to aerospace. There is a display
of Apollo15 & Enos, a Magic Wings Butterfly House, and a
nature museum. The FunPark has 8 acres of activities like
bumper cars, go carts, a skating rink, a miniature golf
course, and a video games center.
There is much to do in Durham. You can visit the many museums and gardens, go on walking tours, visit the area shopping centers, or attend a sporting event. No matter what you choose, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time.
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