Visit 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. 

Duke Homestead Education & History Corporation is a registered nonprofit organization that supports the operations of Duke Homestead State Historic Site. This website provides updates about both DHEHC and the latest activities at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, and is managed by DHEHC.

Find out more about us and check below for the latest updates. 

MYTHBUSTING DAY: TOBACCO MYTHs

August 18 
Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

What makes tobacco bad for you? Who invented iconic bright leaf tobacco? We’re tackling tobacco myths in a day of special guided tours at Duke Homestead. You’ll leave an expert about what’s true and not true about the plant that built Durham.

Free of charge

HARVEST & HORNWORM FESTIVAL

August 25, 10 am - 3 pm

Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with our Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race! This event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands on history, and the last tobacco auction in Durham!

Free of charge 

 Mark your calendars! Check out our event calendar for 2018 -- from historic film screening to living history, we've got something for everyone this year. 

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We strive to offer guided tours of our historic area daily. Tours are postponed when school groups are on the property. The tour schedule may be modified or abbreviated if necessary. (Find out more about how to plan your visit.

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) 627 - 6990
Email: duke@ncdcr.gov