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

  • May 19:
    Mythbusting Day:
    Historic House Myths

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
    Ever heard of a closet tax? Were people really shorter back then? We are breaking down all those common myths and misconceptions about historic houses and life in the 19th century. After your interactive tour of the Duke house, you'll be an expert on what's not true! These special tours are free, and open to the public.
    PS: You can also join us for a day of busting tobacco myths in August!


  • 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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