Imagine at age 12
becoming the richest girl in America.
Image at age 14
having the guts to sue your mother.
Imagine at age 15
controlling an estate of
18 miles of roads
1.5 miles of stone walls.
Imagine being Doris Duke.
Heiress, Horticulturist, Philanthropist, Art Collector.
But something was missing: A mansion.
The foundation lies abandoned.
The upper floors never built.
The Crumbling Foundation of the Mansion that Never Was
Doris' father, James Buchanan Duke
of Duke University fame,
quit the project,
fired the workers,
and put his focus in Europe
when the US government dissolved his company
due to it being considered a monopoly.
But Doris loved the property
and because of her
it is left for us to enjoy today.
Inside the Orchid House
You can visit Duke Farms
in Hillsborough, NJ
free of charge
thanks to the Doris Duke Foundation.
It is worth the visit.