Welcome to Duke Homestead

Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Tobacco Museum encompasses the historic home, farm, and factory buildings of Washington Duke and his family as they lived on the property from 1852 until 1874.The site interprets the early farming life of the Duke family and the beginnings of their tobacco manufacturing business on the property after the Civil War. 

Pardon our dust as the site is undergoing a revision and update. Find out more ABOUT US and check below for the latest updates. 

Enjoy a morning out with your family that is full of fun and learning. Duke Homestead will provide free history-themed activities and crafts for kids and their families from 10 am to 12 pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month from May to October. 

For more information click HERE.

Do you love history? Do you thrive on public speaking and public service? Interested in both museum and historic site experience? Join the Duke Homestead team!  We seek someone with a background in history, public history, and/or other related fields with customer service and public speaking experience. Job-specific training will be provided. For more information click HERE.

This position is open from April 12 until filled.

For more information click HERE.

Duke Homestead is proud to be a community selling partner with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club for their Rubber Duck Race. Stop by Duke Homestead today to get your Rubber Duck Raffle ticket. Tickets begin at just $10.

Your ticket gives you a chance to win twenty great prizes including a $1,000 Gift Card from American Express, A retreat at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, a Beach Vacation, and so much more!

The support board for Duke Homestead State Historic Site is one of the partner groups that is selling ducks to raise funds for the site.  

You can buy ducks online here: https://goo.gl/QJDJnx. Be sure to click "other" for selling partner and type "Duke Homestead History and Education Corporation." 

Or download our Rubber Duck Raffle Ticket Form and mail it to:

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Durham, NC 27705 

If you shop on Amazon you can use Amazon Smile to support Duke Homestead! Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It is the same Amazon you know, with the same products, prices, and service. Click HERE to begin shopping with Amazon Smile and Support Duke Homestead Today. 

It's  never too early to schedule a field trip for spring 2016. Duke Homestead offers its living history programming for elementary school students and guided tours for middle and high school groups. Click HERE for more information. 

Operating Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm Closed Sunday & Monday

Tour Schedule:

 PLEASE CALL AHEAD FOR DETAILS about our Daily Schedule. 

Tours leave at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 2:15 pm each day, unless otherwise posted.

Regular tours are postponed when school groups are on the property. The tour schedule may be modified or abbreviated if necessary.

If you have a question about the tour schedule please contact us.


Contact Us:

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 477 - 5498
Fax: (919) 479-7092
Email: duke@ncdcr.gov