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    Historic Durham

    With a rich history and bright future, Durham boasts 15 Historic districts. A few of these nostalgic neighborhoods are featured here with information from The Preservation Durham website.

    Burch Avenue

    Burch Avenue features a wide range of historic house styles and sizes.  Many of the early residents were involved in the building trade, and some of the more distinctive properties were built by contractors and carpenters as their personal homes. Read more…

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    Duke Park

    Developed gradually and continuously from the turn of the twentieth century through the post-war period and into mid-century, the Duke Park neighborhood represents a range of home styles, sizes, and ages rarely seen in other Durham neighborhoods. Read more…

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    Forest Hills

    This historic neighborhood contains some of Durham’s earliest houses, along with traces of the farms that once occupied this land. Read more…

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    Hope Valley

    Hope Valley was Durham’s first full-fledged country club suburb, developed around an 18-hole golf course in the late 1920s. Traces of the farms that occupied the land in the 19th Century remain around the historic suburban landscape created by renowned landscape architect Robert Cridland. Read more…

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    Morehead Hill

    Historic Morehead Hill was home to many of Durham’s early industrialists. In the 1880s, Eugene Morehead, L. A. Carr, George W. Watts, and George Lyon all had fine homes here. Read more…

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    Trinity Historic District

    Unlike other historic neighborhoods in Durham, which were closely tied to the tobacco industry, the Trinity Historic District, adjacent to Trinity College, provided homes for a growing number of middle-class residents, many of them professors or staff at the college. Read more..

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    Tuscaloosa-Lakewood

    This neighborhood contains a very high proportion of original homes with their historic integrity intact. The district was developed over the first decades of the 20th century. The earliest houses are modest Queen Annes with tri-gable, gable-and-wing and pyramidal roofs. Read more…

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    Watts Hospital-Hillandale

    Many of the people who moved here in the 1920s and 1930s stayed in the area, making it one of Durham’s most stable historic neighborhoods. A National Historic District since 1998, Watts Hospital-Hillandale is still popular with a new generation of Durham families. Read more…

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