Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free

Orientation Film

Duke Homestead's 17-minute film, "Legacy of the Golden Leaf," is a documentary that highlights the history of the Duke family, the North Carolina tobacco industry, and the history of the town of Durham. Created in 2003, the film was named a national winner in the Vision Award competition for 2002-2003.

The film is offered 15-minutes before and after each hour, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Guided Tours

During October and November Duke Homestead is hosting many visiting School Groups. During our Living History Field Trips, guided tours are postponed. We recommend calling ahead before visiting.

Tour guides lead visitors to four historic structures: a tobacco curing barn, tobacco pack house, Washington Duke's Third Tobacco Factory (1869), and his 1852 Homestead.

The outside walking tour is 45-minutes long and is not climate controlled. It is therefore recommended that visitors dress for the weather. The distance from the visitors center to the Homestead is approximately 300 yards, and a wheel chair or golf cart is available upon request.

If you are planning to bring a group of ten or more people for the tour, please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve a special tour time.

*If a large group is visiting the site, the regular tour schedule may be suspended during their visit. Please call ahead if you are concerned about this possibility. 

*Scroll down for more detailed directions.

Museum

The Tobacco Museum at Duke Homestead contains 5,500 square feet of exhibits on the history of tobacco farming, manufacturing and advertising. Temporary exhibits address topics such as the decrease in family farms, unique pipes and spittoons, and other interesting topics.

Accessibility

The visitor center, historic structures, and restroom facilities are all handicapped accessible. A wheel chair is available for visitor use upon request.

Picnic Area

The site hosts a picnic area with ten large picnic tables. This area is not covered, so please consider the weather when making your picnic plans.

Directions to the Site

From Areas South of Durham

Take 15-501 North or the Durham Freeway (Hwy 147) North to I-85 North.  From I-85 North, take the 2nd exit (Guess Road).  Turn left onto Guess Road. Make your second right onto Duke Homestead Road.  The historic site and museum are about 1/4 mile down Duke Homestead Road on the right.

From Areas East of Durham

Take I-40 West to the Durham Freeway (Hwy 147).  Follow the Durham Freeway to the "15-501 North" exit.  Exit onto 15-501 North, and you will quickly merge with I-85 North.  Once on I-85 North, take the 2nd exit (Guess Road).  Turn left onto Guess Road.  Make your second right onto Duke Homestead Road. The historic site and museum are about 1/4 mile down Duke Homestead Road on the right.

From Areas West of Durham

Take I-40 West to I-85 North.  Follow I-85 North to the Guess Road exit.  Turn left onto Guess Road.  Make your second right onto Duke Homestead Road. The historic site and museum are about 1/4 mile down Duke Homestead Road on the right.

From Areas North of Durham

Take I-85 South into Durham.  Follow I-85 South to the Guess Road exit.  Turn right onto Guess Road.  Make your second right onto Duke Homestead Road. The historic site and museum are about 1/4 mile down Duke Homestead Road on the right.