Duke Homestead is the site of the Duke family's nineteenth-century farm and the place where Washington Duke started a tobacco business in 1865 that eventually became the world's largest, The American Tobacco Company. With money from their tobacco fortune, the Dukes became major benefactors of Trinity College, later known as Duke University. Tour the Duke's original 1852 farmhouse and 1869 factory and visit the Tobacco Museum, which traces the history of North Carolina's most important cash crop.
Duke Homestead is an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Division of State Historic Sites.
Early home, factories and farm of Washington Duke, the founder of what would become The American Tobacco Company.
From Interstate 85 South in Durham,take the Guess Road exit (#175). Turn right onto Guess Road. Turn right onto the second street on your right, which is Duke Homestead Road. Go about a 1/2 mile down the road; Duke Homestead is on the right.
From I-85 North in Durham, exit onto Guess Road (#175). Turn left on Guess Road and go underneath the interstate. Take the second street on the right which is Duke Homestead Road. Go about a 1/2 mile down the road; Duke Homestead is on the right.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday and most major holidays. Admission is free.
2006 Special Events:
September 9 - Tobacco Harvest Festival and Mock Auction where costumed interpreters demonstate traditional tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. Enjoy touring the Duke house as well as playing historic games and listening to traditional music. Refreshments will be available.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
October 21 - An Evening at the Homestead when the Duke Homestead Junior Interpreters get the Homestead ready for the winter as the Dukes would have done in 1870. Enjoy music, wagon rides, fall foods and a special performance by the Junior Interpreters. 2-6 p.m.
December 1 and December 8 -Christmas by Candlelight where you can experience an 1870 Christmas with evening tours of the Homestead, period decorations, caroling and hot apple cider along with musical entertainment in the visitor center. 7-9 p.m.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
Dale Coats, Site Manager
2828 Duke Homestead Road
Durham, NC 27705