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Duke University

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University, now ranked as a prestigious top ten, national university.

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman’s College of Duke University until 1972, when the men’s and women’s undergraduate colleges merged. Since 1995 East Campus serves as the first-year student campus.

Undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. Graduate and professional schools are comprised of Continuing Studies, the Divinity School, the Graduate School, Fuqua School of Business, Duke Law School, Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing.

Durham, NC

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Durham was recognized as a community of the United States in 1823. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Durham was noted for its tobacco and textile operations and the development and evolution of African-American enterprises. Durham is known as the “City of Medicine” and is an international center for scholarship, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and high-tech research and development.

The City of Durham is a compact, 298 square-mile, single-city county with a population of over 228,000, and a county population of over 269,000. Centrally located, Durham is approximately 250 miles from Washington and 390 miles from Atlanta. The prestigious Research Triangle Park (RTP), the world’s largest university-related research park populated with major multinational corporations, is just minutes away from Duke University. This region has the highest per capita population of Ph.Ds, scientists, and engineers in America.


Aloft Durham Downtown
345 Blackwell Street, Durham, NoC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919-402-5656

Cambria Hotel Durham
2306 Elba Street, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-286-3111

Durham Marriott City Center
201 Foster Street, Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919-768-6000

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center
2102 West Main Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-286-0774

JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive, Durham, NC, 27708, USA
Phone: +1 919-660-6400

The King’s Daughter Inn (B&B)
204 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701, USAS
Phone: +1 919-354-7000

Millenium Durham
2800 Campus Walk Avenue, Durham, NC, 27705 United States
Phone: +1 919-383-8575

Residence Inn Durham
1108 West Main Street, Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919-680-4440

21 C Hotel Durham
111 Corcoran Street, Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919-956-6700

University Inn Durham/Duke Medical Center
502 Elf Street, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 855-277-1405


Blue Corn Café
716 9th St, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-286-9600

Clouds Brewing Company (Gastro Pub)
905 W. Main St Ste 22A Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919.251.8096

Counting House
111 Corcoran Street, Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: +1 919-956-6760

Cucciolo Osteria
601 W Main St. Suite C, Durham, NC, 27701, USA
Phone: 984-243-8744

Elmo’s Diner
776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-416-3823

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC, 27707, USA
Phone: 919-401-2600

737 9th St, The Shops at Erwin Mill #210, Durham, NC 27705. USA
Phone: +1 919-286-3555

Local 22 Kitchen and Bar
2200 W Main St, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-286-9755

Nasher Museum Café
2001 Campus Dr, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-684-6032

2812 Erwin Rd, Ste 101, Durham NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-383-4747

Parker and Otis
112 S. Duke St, Durham, NC, 27701, USA\
Phone: +1 919-683-3200

Piedmont Restaurant
401 Foster Street, Durham, NC, USA
Phone: +1 919-683-1213

2608 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC, 27705, USA
Phone: +1 919-237-1070

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC, USA
Phone: +1 919-416-0466