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Exploring Historic Marquand Park
October 22, 2022 • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Marquand Park was once part of a 30-acre farm owned by Judge Richard Stockton Field, a founding member of the New Jersey Historical Society and the New Jersey Horticultural Society. Architect John Notman was commissioned to design an Italianate villa and grounds. This combination of Italianate mansion and picturesque landscape is a hallmark of mid-nineteenth century design and the height of fashion before the Civil War.
In 1953, the Marquand family donated seventeen acres of the estate to the municipality of Princeton to serve as an arboretum and passive recreation park. Today the park is a treasured resource for the community. Explore this incredible preserve with members of the Marquand Park Foundation, who will share the property’s history and highlight the native and exotic trees in the collection. https://www.marquandpark.org/
Free; advanced registration is required, as space is limited. Book through the Historical Society of Princeton at https://princetonhistory.org/events/notman-olmsted-exploring-two-historic-parks-princeton/ Meet at the Lover’s Lane parking lot. Additional parking is available on Mercer Street. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain date: Sunday, October 23 at 1:30 PM.
Marquand Park and Arboretum is a 17-acre historic preserve of trees and woodlands that offers a variety of recreational and educational experiences in the center of Princeton. Originally the landscaped garden of a 19th-century estate, the park has a rich collection of native and exotic trees reflecting the interest and tastes of its previous owners and its current beneficiaries. Some trees in the park are the largest of their kind in New Jersey.
Marquand Park includes in its collection over 140 different tree specimens, among them some rare evergreens and a Dawn Redwood, known only as a fossil until 1944 when it was discovered growing in China. In the wooded area are huge specimens of native trees such as beech; hickory; and black, white and red oaks. The park’s tree planting program ensures the continuous acquisition of new trees.
About the Marquand Park Foundation
The Marquand Foundation, established in 1954, supports planting and special maintenance programs to preserve the park as an arboretum for the public to enjoy. To that end, the Foundation has purchased or been given more than 100 species of trees and shrubs over the years. In addition, the Foundation maintains close relationships with the municipality of Princeton, which owns the park, to ensure proper routine maintenance and raise awareness, if special attention is needed to the condition of trees and shrubs.
The Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and receives donations from the public to support its efforts.