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. 

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Halloween Phantasmagoria

October 26, 6:30pm-9pm

Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. We won’t spoil the surprises, but we can tell you that this will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have. Appropriate for all ages. (No experiences are designed to scare!) Participation will require walking and standing on uneven terrain.

More info here!

Christmas by Candlelight

December 7th & 14th, 6:30pm-9:15pm

Experience an 1870s North Carolina Christmas with Duke Homestead! 

Kick off your holiday season with this annual favorite. You will enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area. This is a unique opportunity to see the Duke family home brought to life as it might have been when the Dukes lived here!

More info and tickets here!

 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