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 13:
    Trucks for Duke Homestead:

    A Private Food Truck Gathering
    Sunday, 5 - 7:30 pm

    $40* per ticket includes a sample from each of the 10 trucks on site and live musical entertainment from The Coins! Tickets can be purchased online here. *All proceeds benefit the Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation, a non-profit established in 1974 to support Duke Homestead State Historic Site. For this event, each truck will prepare a special "small plate" item. You and your friends can sample a delicious, varied menu underneath the big, hardwood trees that shade our historic property. You can bring your own chairs and blankets or make new friends by sharing one of tables in the site's picnic area. Trained interpreters and staff will be on hand to offer tours of the historic house. Ticket sharing is encouraged . . . bring a friend!


  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
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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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