The next time you hike or bike at Duke Farms, you may want to venture to the far northern end of the "historic core" - essentially the area of the property bounded by the deer fence. A stroll along Overlook Way - also called Lover's Lane a century ago - affords views across the Riparian Wetland Conservation Area towards the Raritan River.
|The Drive below Overlook Way, postcard view circa 1906|
Walking west, turn down the driveway on your right before you reach the Coach Barn and peer through the chain link fence. Can you picture the scene above from the 1906 postcard? If you can't find it, I have photographed it for you, below.
|The Drive below Overlook Way at Duke Farms, April 2015|
The watercourse is still there. This was part of the lake system which took water from the lowest lake - Snake Lake, west of the residence - back to the Raritan River. The stone bridge is still there too, but impossible to see clearly from this view - even in early spring. I took a photo of the bridge looking down in the opposite direction from Overlook Way, which you can see below.