Update for COVID-19 Operations

Duke Homestead State Historic Site Grounds Will Open to the Public May 29

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Homestead State Historic Site will open its grounds to the public Friday, May 29 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including:

· Limiting visitation.

· Closing some areas and programs, such as the Visitor Center and historic buildings.

· Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.

· Offering guided tours and living history demonstrations provided staff are available and weather permitting

· Limiting tour groups to 25 people at a time.

Areas that remain closed include:

· Visitor Center

· Historic buildings

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth face covering; WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

Keep up to date with our plans by visiting our website at www.dukehomestead.org or following us on social media (@dukehomestead on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We look forward to seeing you soon!

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. 

 Mark your calendars! Check out our event calendar for 2020 -- 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