Duke Farms

Duke Farms is an Estate that was home to James Buchanan Duke who was an entrepreneur and American Tobacco Company owner. The place was awesome but it is a lot of walking! They provide a trolley for anyone who has handicap needs and they also provide bike rentals. The orchid house, I would say is the main attraction it is beautifully maintained. As far as the main house itself the only thing that is left of it is the foundation, which would have been the basement. It is unfortunate that the upkeep was too costly it would have been a wonderful attraction to the property.

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Cross Estate Garden

When we arrived at Cross Estate Garden in the Jockey Hollow area the smell was amazing! The volunteers were just finishing watering the garden and I have to say that is an awesome smell. Everything has a fresh, earthy smell and the water droplets make the plants look dewy and vibrant. As I mentioned it is a small garden but wonderfully maintained, I highly suggest checking the whole area out.

Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park is an amazing hidden little treasure. The park itself is broken up into four sections.  I have not seen the whole park yet, but I do plan on seeing it entirely. In the heart of Morristown you have the Museum and Washington’s Headquarters at Ford Mansion, Then you have Fort Nonsense, Jockey Hollow, and then the New Jersey Brigade Area which has a small beautiful very well maintained garden called Cross Estate Gardens. During our exploration, we only saw a small section of Jockey Hollow and the Gardens.  I can not wait to go back and see the rest of it. History is amazing, especially when it is in your own backyard. I also keep hearing about great restaurants in the area, so I can’t say no to that! The images you see here are from Cross Estate Gardens, More is to come so stay posted!

Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden is a nice little oasis hidden deep in the woods, just like most of the gem spots I have been finding throughout New Jersey. This small very well maintained garden is sculpted around huge natural rock formations which were deposited by glaciers. It has a large pond full of fish, tadpoles, and home to a couple of snapping turtles that are right in the center of the garden which is broken up into three sections but they all feed into each other by a creek.

Great Falls National Historical Park

No better time for a government shut down like Fourth of July Weekend. These Images were taken at Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, New Jersey. I am still learning about what New Jersey has to offer, it has a lot to explore but not much can be done when they close all the beach and parks.

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Muttontown Preserve

Muttontown Preserve is a combination of three land plots in Muttontown, N.Y. The land itself is the combination of the former estates and farmland.  Some of the images are of all that is left of King Zog the last monarch of Alabania. The other images are from what was left of the Duryea Farm as well as outer buildings and playhouses in the wooded areas close to the Chelsea Mansion. I grew up near this part of Long Island and there is so much history in your backyard that is taken for granted. I do miss hiking the forgotten about wonders of the past.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Every year Historic Hudson Valley has The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at The Van Cortlandt Manor. I highly suggest anyone to take an adventure to see this wondrous sight of thousands of illuminated pumpkins, both real and fake. Tickets do sell out quickly so I strongly urge you to plan in advance. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with adventures in and around Sleepy Hollow. Who doesn’t love The Legend of Sleepy Hollow !

 

Lyndhurst Mansion

Lyndhurst Mansion was once the home to many famous important people. The last family to live on the ground was that of Railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Many Music videos, TV shows, and movies have been filmed here as well. It was all decked out in all things Halloween, they had actors inside performing an Alice in Wonderland themed story, It was very cute. Right after Halloween they close the mansion so that they can prepare for Christmas…this I would love to see! Unfortunately because they have a professional lighting crew come in and for the sake of the actors they do not allow pictures of the interior during the holiday events.

 

Rockefeller State Park

On Halloween we took an adventure to New York we started in Pleasantville making our way though Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and Croton on the Hudson. In Pleasantville we started out with a lovely hike at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, where you hike on the  carriage roads that John D. Rockefeller Jr. created for friends and family to enjoy the natural beauty of the land his family owned. On the hike we passed through Stone Barns Center for food and agriculture’s pastures where we were able to see cattle relaxing, sheep going for a walk and not to mention beautiful sights of Bluebirds. Be sure to check back for the Halloween fun we had in the most historic place to celebrate the holiday…..Sleepy Hollow!