Washington Duke, the patriarch of the family that created American Tobacco Company and endowed Duke University, began his empire at Duke Homestead. Visit this historic site to see four historic structures: his restored 1852 home, which includes four furnished rooms; third tobacco factory (1869); a tobacco curing barn; and a tobacco pack house. Step into the Tobacco Museum in the Visitor’s Center to examine tobacco history from the time of the Native Americans to the present. Stay to watch the documentary “Legacy of the Golden Leaf” reveal the story of tobacco, the history of Durham and the Duke family.
Guided tours are scheduled at 15 minutes after each hour throughout the day, with the first tour of the day at 10:15 a.m. and the last tour starting at 3:15 p.m. Groups are asked to reserve in advance. Tours are postponed when school groups are on the property, and the tour schedule may be abbreviated if staffing is low. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and is closed Sunday and Monday. Duke Homestead also hosts special events—such as the Harvest and Hornworm Festival — throughout the year that bring farm life in 19th century to life with fun activities for children.