07 March 2021

The Frog Fountain, Then and Now

The Frog Fountain was one of the early water features at Duke's Park, the Hillsborough Township, New Jersey estate of tobacco king James B. Duke. This playful pool featured perched frogs spraying plumes of water toward a central fountain.


Postcard circa 1905

The fountain was located just across the drive that runs in front of Duke's combination coach barn/stables and estate offices. Duke was able to look out the window of his office and see the fountain and the other prominent feature of the scene - the Durham Bull.

Postcard circa 1910

By the time Duke commissioned this massive bronze figure around 1900, the Durham Bull had been a symbol of the North Carolina tobacco industry for a half-century.

Postcard circa 1915

In the postcard above, you can see the Frog Fountain in the right foreground. Unfortunately in this view, which is opposite of the first postcard, the Durham Bull is out of the frame to the right.

The Durham Bull at Duke Farms, 2017

The fountain no longer exists but the stately Durham Bull remains just where he has been for 120 years!

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