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 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 "Coming Attractions" 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.
Donate your time!
If you click here you can learn more about becoming a volunteer!
Donate your treasure!
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