Duke Farms is a Hillsborough, New Jersey estate that was founded by James Buchanan Duke, the founder of Duke Power and the American Tobacco Company. The estate was most recently the home of Duke's daughter, Doris, who inherited the estate when she was 12 years old and it was her main residence until her death in 1992. The estate is now owned by the Duke Farms Foundation.
Doris Duke was very interested in horticulture and the environment. Beginning May 19, 2012, much of the Duke Farms estate will be open to the public. The estate is open to the public six days a week, Thursday through Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are 18 miles of trails available for hiking through meadows and woodlands. Four miles of paved paths are wheelchair accessible and ideal for smaller family members. Birding is a great family activity and 331 species have been identified on the property.
Duke Farms provides educational programs for families, professionals and educators. The barn has been renovated to LEED Platinum standards and contains the visitor center, classroom and cafe. Their website provides educator lesson plans.