Duke Homestead

Agriculture – Industry – A National Historic Landmark

See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco. His sons later founded The American Tobacco Company, the world's largest tobacco company. Duke and others helped create a market for Durham-area tobacco products that eventually would make North Carolina the heart of an international tobacco empire. Many profits were invested in land and industries but others were used for such humanitarian causes as Duke University, named for the family.

About Duke Homestead

Call for Volunteers

Share your love of history by becoming a volunteer at Duke Homestead State Historic Site. Learn how to welcome visitors and lead guided tours of the historic buildings on site, including the Duke family's 1852 house. Training provided. If interested, please call (919) 477-5498.

Duke Homestead

Upcoming Events

  • March 31:
    Born at Duke Homestead

    Saturday, 2 - 8 pm
    Duke Homestead is usually known as the birthplace of the future American Tobacco Company, but it was also the birthplace of three Duke children. Connect with this universal (and historical) human experience during "Born at Duke Homestead".
    Special guided tours through the historic house will explore life for the women at Duke Homestead. Lead by costumed interpreters, visitors will be invited to imagine the home in 1856, the year that the youngest child James B. Duke was born.
    What did a new baby mean for the people living here? What were the best medical practices at the time? What would it have been like for Artelia Roney Duke to be a pregnant woman and mother, or Caroline to be a young enslaved girl with her owner's health in her hands? Join us to explore this fascinating piece of Duke Homestead history.
    Not only will visitors learn from site staff, midwives from the Durham Women's Clinic will be joining visitors to talk about how this experience has changed for women in Durham over the past 150 years.
    Tickets coming soon . . .

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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Duke Homestead Information

Contact Us

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, N.C. 27705
Phone: (919) 477-5498
Fax: (919) 479-7092
Email: duke@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Tour Schedule

Tours of the Homestead begin at 15 minutes past the hour from 10:15 am until 3:15 pm daily.

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