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Duke Homestead State Historic Site

  • 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • Primary: (919) 627-6990
  • Fax: (919) 479-7092
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This national historic landmark marks the spot where Washington Duke started his worldwide tobacco empire. After learning of the demand Union soldiers had for brightleaf tobacco during his service in the Civil War, Duke returned to the fledgling tobacco operation he had left behind, built a small factory, and began selling his product to the world.

The historic site includes the restored mid-1800s Duke family home, tobacco barns, original factory, and farm. It also has a museum to showcase the beginnings of the modern day tobacco industry, complete with demonstrations of early farming techniques and manufacturing processes, special programs, and experts to answer any questions you may have.
Please call at least two weeks ahead to schedule a school group or a group of 10 or more people.

  • Business Hours: Tu-Sa, 9am-5pm.
  • Miles To Convention Center: 4.50
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 18.1
  • Miles to VIC: 4.90
  • Near/along I-85 (within 1 Mile Of Interstate):
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  • Free Admission All The Time:
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Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 45 minutes
  • Group Rates: Free Admission
  • Maximum Group Size: 400
  • Scheduling Policy: Please call ahead to schedule a school group or a group of 10 or more people. Please give at least two weeks advanced notice.
  • Tour Type: Guided
  • Welcomes Groups Of 10+:
  • Welcomes Motorcoach Groups:
  • Welcomes School Groups:
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Activity Type
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Recreation & Activities
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Duke Homestead State Historic Site Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 3
  • Total Sqft.: 1,200
  • Largest Room: 1,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 70
  • Classroom Capacity: 10
  • Reception Capacity: 400
  • Space Notes: Rates vary from $100 - $150/hr. depending on group type and desired hours.
  • Description: Weddings & Receptions: Rental includes the historic grounds, modern picnic area and visitors center kitchen. Have your wedding in front of a 1852 Homestead; plan a reception in the modern picnic area. Site Grounds: Consists of approx. seven cleared acres. Includes the land around the historic structures and the modern picnic area. Recommended setting for family reunions, garden parties, birthdays and casual business functions.
  • In-house Av:
  • Outdoor Capacity: 400
  • Outdoor Meeting Space Available:
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Meeting Facility Rooms
25 X 40
Library/Meeting Room
10 X 15
Site Grounds

Tobacco Basket-Making Workshop

Love the look of vintage tobacco baskets? Make your own chic version in this workshop with artist and maker Nancy Duffie! Fee includes instruction and all materials. You will leave this workshop …

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604