Fountains of all kinds were a major attraction at Duke Farms a century ago when the Hillsborough, New Jersey estate of tobacco tycoon James B. Duke was still popularly known as Duke's Park. So important were the water displays that Duke wouldn't even consider having the grounds open to the public unless all of the fountains and falls were operational.
|Vista Lake Fountains, postcard circa 1915|
It was eventually decided that the park would only be open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays. The stated reason for the reduction was the unruly behavior of some guests, but it was also noted that the fountains would only be active while the park was open - no doubt saving a great deal of money.
|New Brunswick Daily Home News, May 31, 1910|
|New Brunswick Daily Home News, September 19, 1910|
|The view from Fox Hollow Lane across Vista Lake at Duke Farms, April 2015|