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 18:
    Mythbusting Day:
    Tobacco Myths

    Tours: 10 am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
    What makes tobacco bad for you? Who invented iconic bright leaf tobacco? We're tackling tobacco myths in a day of special guided tours at Duke Homestead. You'll leave an expert about what's true and not true about the plant that built Durham. This special event is free of charge, and open to the public.


  • August 25:
    Harvest and Hornworm Festival

    Saturday, 10 am to 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! This special event is free of charge, and open to the public.


  • September 8:
    Family Day

    Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
    We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to play and learn at Duke Homestead. On September 8th, we will focus on inclusive activities at several ability levels, as well as easier access to our historic area. Bring your family to learn all about life at Duke Homestead in the 1800s. Make and take a craft of your own. If you would like to make sure that we can meet your needs, we encourage you to call (919-627-6990) or email us at duke@ncdcr.gov. This special event is free, and open to the public.


  • 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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