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. There are several guided tours daily, and a 5,500 square foot museum with exhibits related to the history of tobacco farming. It’s free to visit and the tours are free too.
Duke Homestead’s Family Outings are special themed events that take place the third Saturday of the month from May to September, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. They are free to attend.
JUNE 17TH – FARM CREATURES DAY
From wildlife to livestock, find out what roll different animals and insects could play on a 19th century farm. Make and take home a farm creature of your very own.
JULY 15TH – HISTORIC GAMES DAY
Come play with us on Historic Games Day! Get hands on with 19th century games and toys. Pick a team to join for our game of town ball. Make and take home your very own 19th century toy.
AUGUST 19TH – HISTORIC CLOTHING DAY
Try on life from another century – literally! Learn about clothing from the 19th century. Get hands-on as you experience life without a washing machine and try out at hand-sewing.
SEPTEMBER 16TH – FALL HARVEST DAY
What happens at harvest time? Learn how farmers prepared their foods to last all winter long. Not all harvested items were for eating, make and take home a corn husk doll of your very own.