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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Bedminster

BEDMINSTER, 51.3 m. (200 alt., 1,374 pop.) (see Tour 4). At 52.2 m. the highway unites with US 202 (see Tour 4). At 59.7 m., at a traffic circle, US 202 branches (R) from US 206, join- ing State 29. At this point US 22 (see Tour 2) branches from State 29 and is united westward with State 28 (see Tour 17). The highway passes the western edge of SOMERVILLE, 60.3 in. (82 alt., 8,255 pop.) (see Tour 17). The route bears sharply R. and skirts a dairy farm area with a fine view of the Raritan Valley. At 61.2 m. US 206 crosses Raritan River, winding sluggishly between low muddy banks. Behind a mile-long stone wall backed by a dense screen of pine trees (R) is the DUKE ESTATE, 61.8 m. (grounds open weekdays, only in ab- sence of owners, on application at office), with 2,000 acres along the South Branch of the Raritan. The late tobacco manufacturer-whose for- tune from Lucky Strike cigarettes changed old Trinity College in North Carolina to Duke University and made his daughter, Doris, the richest blonde on earth-spent lavish sums here to place woods, lawns, shrubs, formal gardens, artificial lakes, fountains, buildings, and works of art around his country home. The dwelling, now the home of Duke's daugh- ter and her husband, James H. R. Cromwell, is a reconstruction in stone of the old farm homestead of the Colonial period that stood here. The rolling countryside southward levels off into a great expanse of tree-fringed fields. At 65.1 m. the road enters higher ground. Four miles west the wild Sourland Mts., scene of the Lindbergh kidnaping, form the horizon.

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