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

  • February 15 and 17:
    Investigating "TOBACCOLAND U.S.A."

    Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 pm
    From the experimental to the promotional, tobacco history and film history go hand in hand. See tobacco on the big screen at Duke Homestead presented by Durham Cinematheque's Tom Whiteside. Whiteside is a film collector and historian with a specialty in films about tobacco and Durham.
    This event will take place on Thursday, February 15th and Saturday, February 17th at 1:30 pm. Whiteside will present an hour-long program, with time for questions afterwards.
    A $5 donation per attendee is requested.

  • 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.

Return to top of page