Duke Estate Walk: Historic Bldgs, Sculptures, Lakes, Gardens, Bridges & Ruins
ven. 17 août à 18:15
This walk in Dukes Estate is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will occasionally comment on some things along the way, but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. WE WILL, ONCE IN A WHILE, STOP AT POINTS OF INTEREST. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This circular walk is 6 miles, moderate paced, with easy/wide paved, gravel or grass trails. Bring lunch, water, walking shoes, extra layer of clothing. Also insect spray (might not need it but have it with you just in case) We'll walk in the shade as much as possible, but bring SUN PROTECTION because some sections will have few trees. THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) No young children or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. If you have a personal matter/questions, please contact John, Event Host, directly through his private Meetup account. Description: We'll walk in the Duke Estate, which has 2,700 acres including 1,000 acres open to public. This is larger than Central Park! Admission is FREE. The Duke Estate has about 40 historic buildings & many sculptures, lakes, gardens, stone bridges, enormous trees, & ruins. Illustration above shows 67,000 sq ft Duke mansion that was demolished in 2016. Article from Harper Bazaar about Doris Duke: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/g2201/doris-duke-richest-girl-in-the-world-0912/ Article from The New York Times about Duke Estate: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/arts/doris-dukes-farm-hillsborough-nj-opening-to-public.html Photos from Alltrails of Duke Estate: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-jersey/duke-farms-trail/photos Meeting Time: 12:15 PM Meeting Place: Outside entrance to Raritan train station's ticket office (which has restrooms) on eastbound side. Public Transportation from NYC to Raritan: At the NJ Transit section of NYC Penn Station, take 10:44 AM NJ Transit train (Raritan Valley Line) from NYC to Raritan NJ., arriving 12:11 PM. This is a direct train from NYC to Raritan. Before boarding train at NYC Penn Station, buy a ticket at a NJ Transit ticket window or vending machine. Get a ticket from NYC to Raritan, NJ on Raritan Valley Line (Regular fare is $15.25 one way; children/disabled/senior fare [62 years and older] is $7.10 one way); You can buy two tickets (one from NYC to Raritan & one from Raritan to NYC). Purchasing a regular fare ticket on board the train is more expensive ($5 surcharge). However, children/disabled/seniors citizens [62 years & old] who show the proper identification may purchase ticket on board the train w/o paying the $5 surcharge penalty. Allow extra time because the ticket lines can be long at NYC Penn Station. Public Transportation from NJ to Raritan: Board Raritan Valley line train 10:53 AM in Secaucus or 11:06 AM in Newark Penn Station. Raritan Valley Line schedule: https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0060.pdf Driving Directions: From Monday to Friday, it is very difficult to find a parking space in Raritan. Street parking is limited to 2 hrs & the RR station has mostly permit parking. According to Raritan officials [masked]), there is a free parking lot with many spaces next to La Bella Hairstylist at 32 Thompson St, near Somerset St. This is not far from the railroad station, but the parking lot might be filled up. Walk ends 6:30 PM at Raritan Train Station Rainy weather cancels the walk. Therefore, if it is rainy or forecast is for rain, I will send an email about cancellation notice before 8:30 AM Friday morning. If I don't send out an email about a cancellation notice, I plan to be at the meeting place.