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

  • September 1:
    The museum is closed on Monday (Labor Day holiday) and will reopen to the public Tuesday on its regular schedule.


  • September 13:
    Harvest and Hornworm Festival

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    In the morning, see demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. In the afternoon, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Throughout the day enjoy the hornworm race, MoonPie eating contest, musical entertainment, craft vendors, refreshments, and more. Admission is free, and open to the public. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.


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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