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.

Apply to be a vendor today!

Become a vendor at Duke Homestead's special events. Participant applications for vendors and community outreach booths are available now.

For more information click HERE

Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts is July 9th!

Join Duke Homestead for this annual favorite. Our famous BBQ and Pie competitions are back along with the much coveted People's Choice BBQ tasting. This year join us for a very special historic cooking demonstration in the historic area that can't be missed!

For more information click HERE

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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