Route 206, Somerville, Somerset County, NJ
Located on Route 206, 1 3/4 miles south of the Somerville traffic circle.
A staff of about 20 conducts tours for individuals and small groups, but you must call to reserve your choice of day and time.
late 19th and early 20th centuries -- James B. Duke build a 2,700 acre
estate in Somerville, NJ.
1912 -- born in Somerville, NJ.
1925 -- 13 year old Doris Duke inherits $79 million dollars from her father who made his money as head of the American Tobacco Company. She had a 6,000 acre estate known as Duke Farms in Somerville, Somerset County, NJ.
1930 -- Doris debuts into society in the Newport estate known as "Rough Point."
1959-- Doris Duke begins to develop the exotic display gardens in honor of her father, James Duke. The project was inspired by DuPont's Longwood Gardens.
late 1950ís and early 1960ís -- Duke erects hedge and wire fence blocking access to the Cliff Walk in front of her estate and begins feud with city over "right of way".
1964 -- Doris Duke opens a public garden on an acre of land on her expansive Somerville estate.
1993 -- dies in Beverly Hills, CA. She leaves more than $1 billion dollars, including her charity, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.