Donating/Planned Giving: Helping Rutherfurd Hall Move Forward
Rutherfurd Hall has an on-going list of items that we really need to do our work. They are also items that are "investments" that will lead to more funding and development opportunity as we launch a cultural center and museum.
While there are many needs for which we are writing grants, there are other items that are hard to secure through public/foundation funds, and require individual gifts and donations. How do I give funds to Rutherfurd Hall? Donors can make donations all at once, or in monthly payments directly debited through your credit card over a period of months. Your fully tax-deductible donation can also be given by check. We ask that you write your check to Rutherfurd Hall/BOE, and earmark it in the subject line.
We guarantee your gift will be used as you specify, and we will send you a thank you letter complete with documentation. Send your letter and check to Rutherfurd Hall/BOE PO Box J, Allamuchy, NJ 07820, or call our main number below to set up a meeting/over the phone plan through your credit card (and earn points while you give).
One of the exciting things about the wish list below is that you can learn more about what is in development currently. In advance of your support, let us say that we are so appreciative of your patronage, at any level you can give. Your donations will help us as we grow into a world class, local resource.
Rutherfurd Hall needs:
A few good ladders 3' step ladder 6' folding ladder 10' extension ladder
4 extension cords (2 heavy duty, 2 small)
1 conventional electric house size stove with oven
book shelves (free standing)
printer cartridges $176
lockable display cases
Decorate a bathroom: You could take on decorating all the necessary niceties of a Rutherurd Hall bathroom. Donors can donate used items, go shopping for their bathroom, or simply write a check to us for the needed necessities. 14 bathrooms x $200 per bathroom (or less)= $2800
Marketing Plan: A top level marketing expert, who lived in Warren County for years, and now works for Princeton University, has offered to develop a step by step outreach plan for staff to follow for optimal event and site outreach. Since no marketing plan has been developed to date, this study and action plan will help us to create the road map for each project we launch, as well as a survey of our demographics = $6,000
Fireplace Restoration: The Sisters of Divine Charity boarded up the chapel room fireplace when they converted the Rutherfurd’s “Billiard Hall” into a Chapel. We have all the original drawings for the mantel and stone design. We are looking for a tax-deductible donation to purchase these items from a restoration hardware expert, or we are looking for a motivated shopper to go antiquing to find a comparable replacement and purchase it and have it delivered to Rutherfurd Hall for installation. Estimated cost of project to purchase through dealer and install: $4,000 (possibly less for motivated shopper) If you add an actual gas inset the project increases to= $6,400
The dining room fireplace: This site would be well suited for a gas insert unit that would allow the original fireplace to cast the warm glow onto a cocktail party, or a book club, or a creative writing seminar. While the family used to burn a combination of wood and coal, it is too dangerous to burn real fires in a nationally land marked property, but an insert is allowed and is a compromise that enables for the ambiance without compromising the safety of the building. Chimneystack, wiring, gas source input $3,500; Gas fueled historic insert unit $4,200= $7,700
Shelves for which we have designed a remote control, LED, no wire system for object display
A box for storing the blueprints: Rutherfurd Hall and the BOE owns 63 original to the site blueprints of both the architecture and the landscape. In order for us to preserve and exhibit these items, we have numerous steps to follow according to our CAPES survey by the NJ Archive consultant team. First we must flatten the items, then we must purchase archival storage boxes, then we wish to produce archival scans of the items so as to exhibit, and use for research , copies rather than the originals. Flattening process: $300 in supplies; $60 per box x 15 boxes (36 x 36”), and $300 per frame= $360 per image x 63= total project $22,680
Furnishing/decorative arts- signage: Each piece of furniture and art donated from the Rutherfurd family in the last year is worthy of its own interpretative text panel. While we have received the items, and the funds to restore them for public viewing, we have not secured the funds for printing the interpretive texts that enable us to tell the story, or the provenance, of the piece. We will not exhibit these pieces until we can appropriately exhibit them. Each panel requires $200 in historical research and writing, as well as $100 in printing fees. 15 pieces of furniture x $300= $4,500 or $300 per piece.
Hydro Energy Site Research: Rutherfurd Hall is one of the only country homes in America to be fueled by hydro power in the early 1900s. Much of the original structure and mechanics are still in place. We have made contact with a number of experts in the related fields needed to interpret the site, and raised $8,000 in support toward this project. The planning phase (including how to re-activate historic system) has a total price tag of $36,000. The research has been broken into phases each at about $5,000 to accommodate multiple funding streams. If you are interested in "Back to the Future" history, this is a project for your support at $5,000.
Buy Rutherfurd Hall an Intern: We believe in the school to work model; and on the job learning and mentoring is part of what we do at Rutherfurd Hall. A student will work for 3 months, up to 3 days a week, for a $175 stipend, and a letter of recommendation if deserving.
Custom Frames: We are only as strong as our frames. In order to install work, we need framing systems, with locks, that preserve the wood interiors. It is complicated. Each frame, archivally sound, costs $900.00 If you buy a frame for our project, we will name you in our exhibit text.
Removing carpet and refinishing floors: Each room has been carpeted during the nuns occupation of the Hall. We are reclaiming the original floors room by room. If you are interested in assisting us in turning carpeted rooms back to their original hardwood floors, you can help. $300 starts the room, and $1,000 donation results in your donation being acknowledged in the room.
The overall site, next to Allamuchy State Park, is stunning.
Fireplaces are gorgeous; and even better with inserts.
Alabaster Bust in route from Rutherfurd Family
Rutherfurd Hall Physical Address: 1686 Route 517 Allamuchy, NJ 07820