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The Duke Mansion

The Lee Institute is proud to call the beautiful Duke Mansion our glamorous older sister. United under the umbrella of the nonprofit Lynnwood Foundation, both the Duke Mansion and the Lee Institute are devoted to community service, philanthropy and convening the civic leaders of today and tomorrow.

Built in 1915 and tripled by its most famous owner James Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to leaders of the 20th century. Mr. Duke's most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Energy and the Duke Endowment, all took shape at the home. The original charter of the Duke Endowment—now holding assets of $3.4 billion and giving away more than $125 million a year—was first read aloud in the Mansion's solarium.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion is a AAA four-diamond inn and meeting place that is operated as a nonprofit, with all proceeds being used to preserve and protect this community treasure.

The Mansion offers:

To plan your Duke Mansion visit or event and experience its historic charm, please visit

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