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

  • August 19:
    Family Outing: Historic Clothing

    Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
    Get hands-on with history at Duke Homestead! Enjoy a morning out with your family that is full of fun and learning. August 19th will be Historic Clothing day. Try on life from another century, literally! Learn about clothing from the 19th century. Experience life without a washing machine and try out hand-sewing. Duke Homestead will provide free history-themed activities and crafts for kids and their families from 10 am to 12 pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May to September. See our other upcoming Family Outings here: http://dukehomestead.org/family-outings.php


  • August 26
    Harvest and Hornworm Festival

    Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
    Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with our Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race! This event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on history, and the last tobacco auction in Durham! Free of charge.


  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
View NC Culture Calendar

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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