Bull Durham Tobacco Factory

Also known as: W.T. Blackwell & Co. Tobacco Factory
201 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina


Street View 


From 1874 to 1957, this factory was the home of Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco, the first truly national tobacco brand. At one time this building, where tobacco was manufactured, bagged and labeled, was considered the world's largest tobacco factory. W.T. Blackwell and Company introduced production, packaging, and marketing techniques that made Bull Durham a part of American industrial history and folklore. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 22, 1977

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Manufacturing facility; Warehouse; Business
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1873; 1903; 1920

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller