Duke Farms

Duke Farms

40.544405, -74.62379

A magnificent new park opened to the public in 2012 with the transformation of the Doris Duke estate into a landscape with an ecological accent to experience and explore while hiking.

Duke Farms

Situated amid the gentle hills of the Raritan River valley in suburban New Jersey, Duke Farms opened to the public on May 19, 2012.  Once the home of Doris Duke -- heiress of the American Tobacco fortune – the 2,700-acre lavish estate is said to be one of the largest privately owned public spaces in the United States.  It has taken the trustees of Doris Duke Charitable...

Park Acreage:

2740.00 acres

Municipality:

Hillsborough

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Contact Information

Web Link:

Duke Farms

Phone:

(908) 722-3700

Fees:

None

Dogs in park:

No dogs

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May 16, 2012
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An Oasis, Once Gilded, Now Greened

Here's the lead paragraph from the New York Times about the opening of Duke Farms:

"TEENAGERS growing up in this part of Central New Jersey used to boast of how they had jumped the stone walls into Doris Duke’s 2,740-acre estate here. How many actually made it past her private police force and how many merely bragged about doing so are lost to the haze of memory."

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Phil McLewin
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