Facilities at Duke Homestead

Directions

From I-85 northbound: Take I-85 North to Durham. Exit onto Guess Road (#175). Turn left onto Guess. Turn right on the second street on your right, which is Duke Homestead Road. Go about a 1/2 mile down the road; Duke Homestead is on the right.

From I-85 southbound: Take I-85 South to Durham. Take the Guess Road exit (#175). Turn right onto Guess Road. Turn right onto the second street on your right, which is Duke Homestead Road. Go about a 1/2 mile down the road; Duke Homestead is on the right.

Facilities:

Historic Structures:
Washington Duke’s home (1852) includes four furnished rooms. The well house, smokehouse, reconstructed first tobacco factory, third tobacco factory (1869), tobacco curing barn, and pack house make up the remainder of the homestead.
Visitor Center:
The visitor center features the Tobacco Museum containing 5,500 square feet of exhibits on the history of tobacco. The film Legacy of the Golden Leaf also tells the story of tobacco and the Duke family.
Trails/Monuments/Outdoor Exhibit:
None
Handicapped Accessibility:
The visitor center is accessible to all visitors. There is a one-quarter-mile path to the historic buildings, which have steps and are accessible with assistance.
Picnic Facilities:
Tables are available on the grounds.
Gift Shop:
A sales desk, located in the visitor center, has books, T-shirts, and other items related to Duke Homestead and the history of tobacco.

Programs/Group Activities

Special events throughout the year focus on farm life of the nineteenth century. Hands-on activities are available in the spring for scheduled groups.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are scheduled at fifteen minutes after each hour throughout the day. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.

Fees

No admission fees. Donations are accepted.


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