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

  • October 26:
    Halloween Phantasmagoria

    Friday, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
    Phantasmagoria, noun: a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection or assemblage; a dreamlike state where real and imagined elements blur together; a magical event at Duke Homestead on October 26th.
    Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. We won't spoil the surprises, but we can tell you that this will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have.
    Did you come last year? Come again! We have new encounters for you to experience. Appropriate for all ages. (No experiences are designed to scare!) Participation will require walking and standing on uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather, event is primarily outdoors. Bring your own flashlight!
    Tickets are $10 plus tax per person in advance, $15 plus tax at the door. The event will close at 9:00 pm, so we recommend arriving before 8:30 pm.


  • October 27:
    Family Phantasmagoria

    Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon
    Mischief, magic, spirits, and fortunes! Enjoy a kid-oriented daytime version of our popular Halloween Phantasmagoria event with crafts and hands-on activities. Learn all about Halloween history, and what Halloween would have been like for North Carolina kids in the 1870s. Requested donation is $5 per car.


  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .


View NC DNCR Upcoming Events 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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