Homes With History


The newest issue of the PSCP Real Estate book celebrates the places and stories that give this area its unique character. As listed in the book, here is some more information about four of our favorite historic sites that are free and open for public visitation.


This historic home is where Washington Duke first lived and farmed tobacco. His sons later went on to create an empire—The American Tobacco Company, which eventually helped make North Carolina the heart of the international tobacco market.


Preserved by The Historic Hillsborough Commission, the Burwell School is one of the state’s first female schools, The Burwell Academy for Young Ladies. The two-acre property once housed the Robert and Margaret Burwell and their 12 children, where the opened the academy in 1837. The curriculum aimed to educate young women to be “thorough scholar and useful members of society”.


This historic home is where Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman met and signed surrender papers during the Civil War.

  • Address: 2209 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major state holidays)
  • Tours: stop by the visitors center for more information about the history and a short video
  • Contact: (919)383-4345
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This Durham property hosts the remnants of one of the South’s’ largest pre-Civil War plantation. Owned by the Bennehan-Cameron family, the 30,000-acre plantation housed 900 slaves by 1860. Visitors can come guide themselves around the historic grounds.

  • Address: 5828 Old Oxford Rd., Durham, NC
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday)
  • Tours: tours are offered on the hour, with the first tour at 10:00 a.m. and the last at 3:00 p.m.
  • Contact:(919)620-0120
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For more information about Historical Sites in North Carolina, please visit