Is your summer reading list filled with mystery? Intrigue? Romance?
So is ours.

Our list, brimming with fiction and nonfiction, biographies and histories, chronicles the remarkable history of the Rutherfurds of Allamuchy. For the last 300 years family members have played an integral role in the economic, social, political and scientific development of Allamuchy, Sussex and Warren Counties, New York, New Jersey and the United States. From politicians to statesmen, scientists to sportsmen, the story of the Rutherfurd family will keep you enlightened, engrossed and, most assuredly, entertained.

  1. Prologue to Independence, by Henry Noble McCracken—Recounts the trials and tribulations of James Alexander (1691-1756)
  2. Archie and Amelie, by Donna Lucey—The bizarre tale of one of the most notorious love stories of the 19th century involving John Archibald Chanler, first cousin the Winthrop Chanler Rutherfurd. **
  3. Henry White, by Allan Nevins—A biography of one of America’s first career diplomats, husband of Daisy Rutherfurd, Winthrop’s sister.
  4. Ladies and Not So Gentle Women, by Alfred Allen Lewis—The story of four remarkably independent women at the turn of the 20th century including Ann Harriman Sands Rutherfurd Vanderbilt.
  5. To Marry an English Lord, by Gail MacColl & Carol McD. Wallace—The book behind Downton Abbey, it explains the extraordinary phenomenon of the exodus of American heiresses to Great Britain including the noteworthy account of Winthrop Rutherfurd and Consuelo Vanderbilt. **
  6. The Glitter and the Gold, by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan—Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan’s autobiography.
  7. Washington Quadrille, by Jonathan Daniels—Published in tandem with The Time between the Wars, in introduces Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd to the world stage.
  8. A First-Class Temperament, by Geoffrey C. Ward—Chronicles the rise of FDR from 1905-1928.
  9. Franklin & Lucy, by Joseph Persico—Chronicles FDR’s relationships with the many strong women who surround him. **
  10. FDR and Lucy, by Resa Willis—Not as thoroughly researched as #9 but the basic information is here.
  11. FDR’s Funeral Train, by Robert Klara—For both the FDR and train enthusiast, Klara clearly tells the story of the last week of FDR’s life from Monday, April 9, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia to Sunday, April 14, with his burial in Hyde Park, New York. **
  12. FDR’s Unfinished Portrait, by Elizabeth Shoumatoff—Written by the Russian artist commissioned by Lucy M. Rutherfurd to paint a final portrait of FDR. He would be sitting for Mrs. Shoumatoff when he suffers the fatal cerebral hemorrhage which ends his life April 12, 1945.
  13. Lucy, by Ellen Feldman—A novel. Fictionalized story of Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd’s life.
  14. Closest Companion, Edited and Annotated by Geoffrey C. Ward—Ward, a Roosevelt biographer, explains the correspondence and diaries written by FDR’s cousin and confidant, Margaret (Daisy) Suckley. The collection was discovered in 1991 after Daisy’s death at the age of 100. **
  15. Summer Doorways, by WS Merwin—Pulitzer Prize winning poet and United States Poet Laureate (2010) Merwin recounts the two summers spent as tutor to Alan Stuyvesant’s nephew Peter. **
  16. The Astor Orphan, by Alexandra Aldrich—Granddaughter of Margaret Livingston Chanler, Winthrop’s first cousin, Alexandra tells the amazing story of her eccentric family and her unconventional upbringing. **
  17. A Woman’s Hardy Garden, by Helena Rutherfurd Ely—Originally published in 1906 and still in print, Helena Rutherfurd Ely writes of her personal successes and failures in her garden in northwestern New Jersey. **

** Available or soon to be available in the Rutherfurd Hall Gift Shop. Please remember your purchase supports Rutherfurd Hall and its programs.