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

  • December 9 - 11:
    Christmas Traditions and Celebrations

    Daily, 9 am - 1 pm
    Duke Homestead celebrates the holidays with this special educational program for Preschool through 2nd Grade during the first two weeks of December. The program includes a one-hour tour of the Duke's home detailing the celebration of Christmas in 1870 Piedmont North Carolina. Costumed interpreters explain the decorations, food, and gifts typically shared during the season. Children may sample homemade gingerbread and popcorn popped over the fire and make an ornament to take home. 1 hour time slots at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm. Limit of two classes or 50 students per hour. At least 10 children per group. There is a program fee of $1.00 per participating child. Please call (919) 477 - 5498 for a reservation.

  • December 12:
    Christmas by Candlelight

    Friday, 7 - 9 pm
    Celebrate an 1870 Christmas during evening tours of the Homestead. The tour features period decorations, caroling, dances, hot apple cider, and other goodies. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children 10 & under.

  • December 14:
    Victorian Family Christmas

    Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
    Spend a festive afternoon at the Homestead as a part of our Victorian Family Christmas. Families can join costumed interpreters to celebrate an 1870 Christmas. Visitors can enjoy cider and cookies in the kitchen, make traditional Christmas crafts in the dining room, meet Santa in the parlor, and sing carols, hear stories, and pop popcorn in the bed room. The festivities continue in the museum where kids of all ages can make and take home Christmas ornaments and crafts. Tickets available at the door: Adults are $2.00; children 6 and under are free.

  • December 24 - 26
    Site Closed

    We will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, December 26th in observance of Christmas (state holiday). We will re-open to the public on Saturday, December 27th on our regular schedule.

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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