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

  • December 14:
    Christmas by Candlelight

    Friday, 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm
    You're invited to join us at Christmas by Candlelight. Experience an 1870s North Carolina Christmas with Duke Homestead! Kick off your holiday season with this annual favorite. You will enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been when the Dukes lived here!
    Tours depart from the Visitor Center every 15 minutes, from 6:45 pm until 9:15 pm. You will purchase tickets for a specific tour time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Each tour is limited to 25 people total.
    Admission is $6 plus tax for adults; $3 plus tax for children. (Infants under 1 year of age are admitted free of charge.)
    Tickets are availbale online at:

    Tickets will not be refunded within 24 hours of event, or for inclement weather, unless the event is canceled.

  • 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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