Duke Gardens Open House
Posted 30 June 2005 - 02:22 PM
Money may not buy happiness, but in the case of tobacco heiress Doris Duke -- in her day, one of the richest women in the world -- it did buy seclusion from a raucous world, a pampered, globe-trotting lifestyle and the means to amass collections of exquisite objects from around the world.
While Duke owned estates in Rhode Island and Hawaii (not to mention pied-à-terre in New York and Beverly Hills), Duke Farms in Hillsborough was the place she and her parents called home. After Doris Duke's death in 1993 at the age of 80, the bucolic estate passed into the hands of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The property has long been sequestered behind stone walls and off limits to the public except for guided tours, begun in 1964, of display gardens maintained in a complex of greenhouses
Duke Farms Site
Star Ledger Article
Posted 01 July 2005 - 12:02 AM
Arthur Hugh Clough, 1819-1861
Arise ye prisoners of starvation
Arise ye wretched of the earth
Posted 01 July 2005 - 08:18 PM
The area north and west of the gardens is characterized by large estates and many ponds, with a mixture of rolling hills and fields / forest. It would seem like ideal birding territory.
The well regarded restaurant Ixora is just a few minutes away, as is the Ryland Inn and Bistro. Harvest Moon and others are a bit more distant.
Edited by Rail Paul, 09 July 2005 - 06:01 PM.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:19 PM
Although public access to the Duke mansion is now limited, the adjacent Duke Farms offers a public glimpse of the property. And, access to the eagle cam. There are currently two hatchlings.
The eagle parents thwarted an attack by a red tailed hawk on the nest. After a brief tussle, the hawk became dinner. The eagles are now reported to be dining on local trout. The tussle is embedded in a link in the article.
The eagle cam:
Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:55 PM
First time I ever watched a snuff movie.
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deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table
Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:39 AM
There was this place my wife and I stayed in the Adirondaks once. The Elk Lake Lodge. On the whole, one of my favorite places I've ever stayed.
You ate your meals in this dining room with big windows out on the surrounding forest and lake. The windows were lined with little feedboxes to attract hummingbirds.
One morning, one of the hummingbirds attracted to the one of the feedboxes was defective in some way. The other hummingbirds, following the hummingbird natural directive, attacked it at length and, finally, killed it.
This was a bit much for the Elk Lake Lodge crowd to watch during breakfast. They/we all wanted nature, but not nature red in tooth and claw.
I myself thought it was pretty gorey and hard to take. But nothing compared with the shake-and-bake chicken they served for dinner one night.