|Heading east on Woodville Road (Duke's Parkway West) circa 1906.|
|26 March 1905, New York Times|
|1908 ads from the New Brunswick Home News|
|1 October 1906, New Brunswick Home News|
|Auto Tour of Duke's Park circa 1907|
"A $200,000 Italian fountain of stone and marble stands at the entrance, the central stream rising from a mammoth shell and smaller streams being sent gushing from the mouths of huge frogs of green bronze grouped about the central figure. At night the fountain is lighted with artistic electric lights. There are numerous other fountains about the estate, not as elaborate, but beautiful to behold."
|Visitors at the Frog Fountain, Duke's Park|
"A short walk brings the visitor to the carriage house, a handsome stone structure, with tower and clock, illuminated at night, tolling off the hours. The stables are models of luxury. They are adorned with rich rugs, with handsome oil paintings on the walls, and equipped with every kind of vehicle. Several of the mural decorations are 8 by 26 feet. Four of them represent the four continents."
|The Carriage House and Stables at Duke's Park circa 1904|
|Lake construction at Duke's Park circa 1907|
We can now jump ahead to June 1912 and follow another Home News reporter as he concludes his tour of Somerville and Raritan with a visit to Duke's Park.
|8 June 1912 Home News|
"We rode into Duke's Park by way of the Raritan entrance, that brought us to about the middle of the estate, which, by the way, occupies five square miles."
|Arriving at Duke's Park from Raritan, the Nevius Street Bridge is in the distance.|
|The fountain with magnificent bronze statuary at the Raritan entrance to Duke's Park.|
It was located was where today the road bends away to the west towards South Branch.
"The first glimpse we had of the park told us just what means of viewing it was properly due to its magnificence - a pair of prancing, pure-blooded horses, with tossing manes, a coachman and footman in livery, a large and rich carriage, upholstered and be-cushioned, might pass well, but the proper means is just what we had - a luxurious automobile, massive and dignified."
|Arriving at the East Gate|
|The Hook and Eye Curve|
...the cool and sparkling fountains...
...the softness of the long reaches; the wealth of shrub and flower - that Duke's Park possesses. It is a revelation."
|Relaxing by Duke's Brook|
...we passed through forests of rhododendrons...
...we skirted the fringe of thousands of beautiful Colorado blue spruce...
...we halted beside the artificial lakes, each with its great fountain throwing up volumes of spray which fell from dolphins held in the arms of mermaids or shot upwards from the basins of rock."
"At one of these fountains we stopped and walked up the pass to come to its edge. Here the spray sprinkled us and cooled us.
|The Vista Lake Fountains circa 1915|
As we looked into the lake beneath we saw the rainbow in all its lovely colors and tints. We looked to the sky but saw no rainbow there; the waters had caught the coloring and stamped them on its bosom."
|The grotto below the Vista Lake Fountains|
"It is good of the proprietor to permit the people to drive through and thus to give them a sight that they can never forget."
Unfortunately, not all guests were as appreciative as the Home News reporter.
|19 December 1914|
In July 1915, three hundred farmers from Pennsylvania - in 100 automobiles - descended on Duke's Park and did considerable damage to the grounds. Duke, who had been opening the park only Tuesdays and Fridays since earlier in the decade now decided to only open one day per month - a day that would be announced without much notice.