The Vision for Rutherfurd Hall is to become a self sufficient enterprise that protects and preserves its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity; all while providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities.
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Rutherfurd Hall opened to the public in April 2012. You can visit every Wednesday from 1-4pm. In addition to our open hours, we offer a number of educational programs for children and adults every month. Check the listings on the sidebar.
If you are interested in getting involved, there are a number of ways you can participate. If you click here you can learn more about our volunteer programs.
If you are interested in philanthropy, we are in great need of your support as well. Click here to learn more about our wish list.
Rutherfurd Hall is a cultural center and a museum owned and managed by the Allamuchy Township Board of Education. Rutherfurd Hall provides educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. The Hall is self-sustaining by public funding, foundation and individual support, donations, volunteers, event based fundraising, and through an active earned income program in the form of rentals and other earned income programs. Rutherfurd Hall is a self-sufficient enterprise that protects and preserves its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity; all while providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities.
Rutherfurd Hall has National and NJ State Historic Landmark Designation. Famed architect Whitney Warren designed the 18,000 square foot Tudor country home in Allamuchy, NJ in 1904. Warren also designed Grand Central Station in New York City as Warren and Wetmore Architects (1903-1911). Frederick Law Olmsted & Sons designed the landscape plan and the plantings for the site.
Rutherfurd Hall, known by the family as the ‘Big House,’ was designed for Winthrop Rutherfurd (1862-1944) who was the son of Lewis Morris Rutherfurd (1816-1892) and Margaret Chanler Stuyvesant (?-1890) a descendant of Peter Gerard Stuyvesant. The Rutherfurd family land grant was made by the King of England in the early 1700s. Since early US history, the family has had a positive impact on this region. Through preservation and conservation, in the form of Allamuchy State Park and Rutherfurd Hall, we have the means to tell many meaningful historical stories, about citizens of New Jersey and their associates in the early 1900s.
The building tells many histories: including architecture and landscape histories, material and decorative histories, as well as worker history. There are marvelous stories about the local food production and the hunts; animal breeding, boating, horse riding and hiking filled one’s days. So many important people, including President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt , were ‘entertained’ in this remote landscape, a sanctuary out of the urban.
Rutherfurd Hall grounds today.
Project Development: The first stage of the project was the adaptive re-use of the 1950s addition to the mansion (also known as the infirmary). This 3-story building, holding no historic significance, was renovated and added to, in order to make a Pre K through 2nd grade school expansion for Allamuchy NJ Elementary School called the Mountain Villa School. This project was completed using sustainable and green school design practices. The school opened in the spring of 2010, and the historic mansion, located behind the school building, is currently in development.
The second stage of the project is about studying Rutherfurd Hall and the grounds in order to develop best practices for community education activities. There are many steps to building an historic museum and community use. The first step was to complete the research and writing needed to place the building on the NJ State and National Historic Landmarks designation. We have been approved for both in February 2011. Now we continue with research and planning.
Currently we are also raising the money to complete a series of formal studies to codify the preservation, the interpretation, and the facility use plans as they relate to organizational development and fiscal development.
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Rutherfurd Hall Physical Address: 1686 Route 517 Allamuchy, NJ 07820