Skylands Manor: Britain or US?
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On the 5th of February I hiked in the Ringwood State Park in New Jersey (see here). I only hiked a small section of this much bigger park. The park is very diverse. Apart from the woods, hills and marches I hiked through there is also a huge recreational lake (Shepherd Lake) and a huge Tudor Style Manor, Skylands Manor, with a Botanical Garden, the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands.
It all started with Francis Stetson, a New York Lawyer who purchased lands in the Ramapo Mountains from local farmers. He built a mansion (with a 9-hole golf course) and expanded the farm buildings.
In 1966 the state bought the estate, and protected it as a state and national historic site. It became part of the Ringwood State Park. The garden is still maintained, and the huge Manor is frequently open for visits and parties.
I parked my car at Shepherd Lake. The recreational area was still hibernating. Everything was closed and the beach was even fenced off.
The trail took me via a winding path to the other side of Mt. Defiance, and down below the great Skylands Manor appeared, surrounded by grass lawns and its famous botanical garden. I made my way through several fences, which protect the rare plants from the hungry stomachs of the local deer population, and walked a bit on the lands. The garden was still pretty much in winter state, so not too spectacular. The manor however, was stunning.
Close to the manor were two other beautiful buildings, unfortunately less well maintained. One of them had turned into a ghost ruin and is sadly decaying. It was partly accessible, so I had a quick peek inside the spooky structure wondering what it could have been. I continued the hike through the beautiful woods and made it back to the lake just in time to see some sunset colors.
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