Marquand Park

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Marquand Park
Marquand park princeton.jpg
LocationLovers Lane, Princeton, NJ
Created1846
FounderAllan Marquand
DesignerJohn Notman
Operated byThe Marquand Foundation
SpeciesDawn redwood, Japanese Maple
Public transit accessPrinceton Branch (The Dinky)
Websitemarquandpark.org
Marquand Park
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
A map of Mercer County, New Jersey
Coordinates40°20′29.4″N 74°40′16.1″W / 40.341500°N 74.671139°W / 40.341500; -74.671139Coordinates: 40°20′29.4″N 74°40′16.1″W / 40.341500°N 74.671139°W / 40.341500; -74.671139
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (#75001143[1])
Added to NRHP27 June 1975

Marquand Park is a 17-acre (69,000 m2) arboretum and recreational area located in Princeton, New Jersey. It contains walking paths, a baseball field, and attractions for children such as a sandbox and a play structure.

History[edit]

Marquand Park was originally the property of the Princeton University professor Judge Richard Field, who bought 30 acres (120,000 m2) of farmland in 1842 for his personal estate. Field began developing part of the estate as an arboretum, and after he died, its development continued under Susan Brown, who acquired the land in 1871, and under Princeton University Professor Allan Marquand, who acquired the property in 1885.

In 1953, 17 acres (69,000 m2) of the land were given to Princeton borough by the Marquand family, and in 1955 a non-profit foundation was created to care for the park. Under the care of the Marquand Park Foundation, over 100 new species and trees of shrubs have been donated to the park or purchased by the foundation for it.

Notable trees[edit]

Eight of the largest trees of their species recorded in New Jersey can be found in the park. Other well-known trees there include a dawn redwood, a critically endangered species which was thought to be extinct until a specimen was discovered in Japan in 1945, and a threadleaf Japanese Maple, which is well known for the corkscrew-like shape of its trunk and branches. (Photographs of the Japanese Maple can be found here.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Princeton Historic District". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  1. Zatz, Arline. New Jersey's Great Gardens. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press, 1999.
  2. Compton, Dorothy and Ramsay L. Raymond. A Guide to Marquand Park. Princeton, New Jersey: Minute Press, 1972.
  3. Richie, Peter. Marquand Park. Princeton, New Jersey: Minute Press, 1989.
  4. Princeton Township - Marquand Park
  5. Marquand Park in Princeton, NJ - Kids Play Parks

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