Tobacco Town

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The Duke family made their money in tobacco and later in hydroelectric power and the local power company here is still called Duke Energy. Nearly a century ago the family bought naming rights to the university—it used to be known as Trinity–and all the land hereabouts. Today, there is very little industry in downtown Durham and the old brick tobacco warehouses are used for shops, restaurants and apartments. The brick was made locally but it reminded me of Belfast and of London where it is much more common than on this side of the Atlantic. I had to tone down the color in some cases to make myself feel more at home: the gasworks in Belfast could only dream of being warmed by the sun that shone today on North Carolina.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to Tobacco Town

  1. Tom Head says:

    Wonderful photos, Liz.

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