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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

  • May 23:
    Bull Fest

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Get back to the Bull City's roots and help us celebrate everything that is Durham, from our history to our local artists, food, and businesses. In addition, at the culmination of our Soldier's Walk Home, we will greet our soldier as he finishes the final leg of his journey from New Bern. Soldier's Walk Home repeats the walk taken by Washington Duke at the end of the Civil War from New Bern to Durham. A re-enactor will make the 166 mile journey, and will stop to celebrate local history in 11 communities, and to pay tribute to all soldiers of any period returning home from war. Admission is free, and open to the public.

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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