BUCCLEUCH PARK  (Buccleuch is pronounced "Bucc-lew")
New Brunswick, Middlesex County
78 acres


Directions:

On Route 527 (Easton Avenue) across from Saint Peter's hospital in northern New Brunswick. Entrance at intersection of Easton Avenue and Lincoln Place.


History:

The park is home to the Buccleuch Mansion, a former Colonial Estate, built around 1740. The mansion has original wood paneling, Parisian scenic wallpapers, and Federal mantels. It is open for tours on Sunday's 2-4pm from June-Oct.


This is like a Central Park of New Brunswick with lots of people walking, jogging, skating, and hanging out.


History:

A park on the Raritan River, just east of Landing Lane Bridge, which marks one of the steamboat landings of the 1820's when New Brunswick was a major port for shipment of farm produce to Manhattan. (Pepper 1965:76)

A sign says that the Buccleuch Mansion (built around 1739) is open June to October, on Sundays 2-4 p.m.


Facilities:

baseball field, formal gardens, parcourse Fitness Course, picnic pavilion, playground, senior citizen center, and tennis courts.


Hiking:

Delaware & Raritan Canal towpath


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

A few of the plants seen on a brief drive through included:


Trees:
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 5/02/00
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood, pink version) 5/02/00
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus sp. (weeping cherry)
Prunus sp. (Kwanzan cherry) 5/02/00
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tilia spp. (lindens)

Shrubs:
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum) 5/02/00

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/02/00
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 5/02/00
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 5/02/00