Don't miss our BIG concert event this Sunday - September 21st
3 to 5 PM ~Rain or Shine~ Fun under a giant tent! YOU GET TO MEET THE ARTIST!
Gordon will perform for around 90 minutes - followed by 30 minutes of "meet & greet" with the artist and plenty of time to get your CD or book signed! Don't miss it!
Concert on the Lawn ~ Story Songs of History ~
"WELCOME TO THEPAST"
Gordon Thomas Ward, a historian, educator and entertainer, presents “Welcome to the Past”. This collection of original songs, celebrating the rich history and secret tales of our shared past is designed to inspire, educate and entertain. The concert utilizes a “behind the scenes” format combining music, song and anecdotes to take listeners on a fascinating journey through time. Gordon has appeared at numerous music festivals and on television, and has worked with notable musicians such as Eric Troyer, David Rimelis, and Dave Shapiro. Love his music? The artist will be selling and signing CDs! Admission: $5 per person
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.
Rutherfurd Hall is designated as a National and New Jersey State Historic Landmark. 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 opened to the public in April 2012. We have come a long way since then and we're still growing! You can visit our museum every Wednesday from 1-4pm and enjoy a tour of this historic home. In addition to our open hours, we offer a number of educational programs for children and adults every month. Check for future offerings on the "Upcoming Public Programs" tab - here on our site. Many of these programs are offered for free or minimal cost. We would love to have you join us!
Donate your talent!
We need a group of dedicated volunteers who want to put their talents to work for Rutherfurd Hall. If you are interested in getting involved with Rutherfurd Hall, there are a number of ways you can participate. You can join the Friends of Rutherfurd Hall to get started. We need support - everything from simple data entry to scanning photos and documents. Maybe you would like become a room docent for our museum hours on Wednesday afternoons or run our gift shop.
We need your financial support! Rutherfurd Hall, like many other not for profit projects, needs financial support from individualslike you to keep our public programming up and running. Let's face it, we compete with many other organizations for every grant dollar we receive. Every dollar counts! Make an outright donation or remember us in your estate plans. Our local community will benefit from your generosity! Click here to learn more about Rutherfurd Hall's wish list .
Make your own history at Rutherfurd Hall!
You can help support Rutherfurd Hall by having your private event here! This link will take you directly to our rental information page.
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. Rutherfurd Hall is sustained through a combination of public funding, Historical Commision grants, foundation support, corporate and individual donations, volunteers and event based fundraising. Additiuonal operating revenues are obtained through an active rental program, public programs for a nominal fee and other earned income programs. Rutherfurd Hall is working towards its goal of becoming a self-sufficient enterprise that protects and preserves its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity, while providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities.
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-R Route 517 Allamuchy, NJ 07820