Duke Farms: A Somerset County Treasure
Duke Farms, located on 2,740 acres in Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey, is one of the largest privately-owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state and among the richest in ecological, horticultural and agricultural resources.
Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires visitors and residents to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more sustainable future
Duke Farms traces its roots to J.B. Duke, who transformed more than 2,000 acres of farmland and woodlots into an extraordinary landscape. He excavated nine lakes, constructed some 45 buildings, and built nearly 2 ½ miles of stone walls and more than 18 miles of roadway. He also installed approximately 35 fountains and populated his property with countless pieces of sculpture.
Much of the landscape J.B. Duke created between 1893 and 1925 is still clearly evident at Duke Farms, a testament to his ingenuity, resourcefulness and determination, as well as his bold vision and tremendous resources.
Duke Farms’ mission is to be a leader in environmental stewardship and to inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region.