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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

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

  • July 11:
    Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    North Carolina's food culture and food history are celebrated each year with our Pork Pickles, and Peanuts: Taste of NC Festival. During our festival, we not only crown a new champion in our BBQ Cook-Off, but a new Queen during our 1940s style Tobacco Queen Pageant as well. Visitors can browse and buy from local BBQ sauce makers, peanut, and pickle vendors, and pick their own people's choice from our BBQ Cook-Off competitors. Visitors can also enter and compete in our Pie Competition for the opportunity to win prizes!

  • August 8:
    Summer Children's Festival

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Come play with us at our Summer Children's Festival! Kids travel back in time as they get hands-on with history in the Duke home. There, they'll get a chance to play with 19th century games and toys and try on historic clothing from our costume trunk. Kids and parents also have the opportunity to get silly with the popular children's band, Baron Von Rumblebuss!! This event is perfect for families, and kids of all ages.

  • September 12:
    Harvest and Hornworm Festival

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Come participate in traditions that helped define and build North Carolina at our Harvest and Hornworm Festival! Throughout the morning we harvest our yearly crop of tobacco and demonstrate curing at our historic curing barn. Visitors can witness our tobacco looping contest and also have the opportunity to enter and compete in both our hornworm race and moon pie eating contest. The day culminates with our Mock Tobacco auction, the last such auction in Durham!

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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