Skip to main content



Keep Growing

Twenty five years ago, some faculty members and neighbors of Duke University envisioned an exceptional retirement experience near their university setting. They banded together, acquired land near the Duke campus and created a team to explore the possibilities.

From the outset, the team relied on advice from Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke alumni, retired faculty and staff, and local and nationwide retirees to gain a broad perspective of a fulfilled retirement. With insight from these groups and many visits to prominent retirement communities across the country, their dream began to take shape.

The Forest at Duke, Inc. was organized in October 1988 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to plan, build, own, and manage the new retirement community. As a master campus plan was developed, residences were quickly reserved, and construction began. The first residents were welcomed to their homes in September of 1992.

In 2017 we celebrated 25 years of community, accomplishment, and life. We invite you to come and see us as we continue growing into the next 25 years.