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

  • April 27:
    Documentary Screening:
    The Rise and Fall of Liberty

    Thursday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    The Rise and Fall of Liberty (Carol Thomson, Director and Producer Jim Haverkamp, Editor) examines Durham's development and shifting economy through the lens of its last tobacco auction house. In its prime, Liberty Warehouse was a central part of a vast economic engine. After the tobacco market died, it became the home of a community of artists and nonprofits. In 2011, the roof collapsed during a rainstorm and the fate of the iconic warehouse was unknown. During this time, the city was experiencing a renaissance after decades of abandonment. The 52-minute documentary explores loss and change and how a city struggles to hang onto its soul as it undergoes revitalization. Tickets are free, but seats are limited, so please reserve your ticket in advance. Donations can be made at the door to benefit the film and the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation.

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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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