Duke Homestead

Come to the historic site where Washington Duke grew tobacco, and started one of the largest American tobacco companies. The Homestead’s living history program lets groups witness the daily life of 19th century farmers as they see the farm, factory buildings, and the 1852 Duke House. Students that explore the home will discuss the lives of the Dukes as they draw connections between what life was like then versus now. They can also examine artifacts, try churning butter, play town ball, and more. The Homestead also offers guided house tours, with a look at museum exhibits and an orientation film.
Contact Info
Address: 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705. Durham County. Tel: 919-477-5498. Email: duke@ncdcr.gov. Website: www.dukehomestead.org. Hrs: Tues.-Fri. By appointment.
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-5th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3+ hours. Cost: Fee.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue