Duke Farms reopens to the public

Duke Farms, located along Route 206 in Hillsborough, opened up its gates to the public on Saturday.Formally owned by tobacco magnate J.B. Duke and his

HILLSBOROUGH - Duke Farms, located along Route 206 in Hillsborough, opened up its gates to the public on Saturday.

Formally owned by tobacco magnate J.B. Duke and his daughter Doris, Duke Farms is a 2,700-acre estate where people can walk, bicycle and enjoy the open space.

Duke closed the estate to the public in 1915 after problems with litter and vandalism. Doris reopened it to limited tours in the 1960s. In 2006, officials decided to reopen it to the public again.

There is no house on the estate, only a foundation. Officials say they believe the plan to build a home, that would have been roughly the size of the palace of Versailles, was scrapped because Duke began doing more business in Europe.

The estate will be opened six days a week.

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