About Rutherfurd Hall

Rutherfurd HallRutherfurd House, designed by famed NY architect Whitney Warren, is a notable example of an estate built at the turn of the 20th century representing the Country Place Era (1890-1930). These country retreats, built in settings of great natural beauty, offered escape for prominent
Americans from the noise and pollution or urban centers. Winthrop and Alice Rutherfurd’s advantage was that their setting of great natural beauty had been in the Rutherfurd family for generations. The Tudor-style, 18,000 square foot, 38-room mansion was surrounded by 1300 acres which came to be known as Allamuchy Farms. For the formal landscape design the Rutherfurds chose the premier landscape architects in the country, the Olmsted Brothers. The general design plan, reached by Winthrop and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., was the creation of a “picturesque landscape of well-kept simple neatness.”

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. New Jersey Historical Commission grants, foundation support, corporate and individual donations, volunteers and event based fundraising. Additional 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 History

Historical picture of Rutherfurd HallRutherfurd Hall, both a National and New Jersey State Historic Landmark, was designed between 1903-1905 by famed New York architect Whitney Warren. (Warren’s firm, Warren and Wetmore, shortly thereafter won a competition to design Grand Central Terminal in New York City.) Warren’s work resulted in a 18,000 square foot Tudor style summer home for his clients, recently married Winthrop (1862-1944) and Alice (Morton) Rutherfurd (1879-1917). The original landscape design was created by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted.

The presence of the Rutherfurd family in this area of New Jersey dates back to the mid-eighteenth century with the marriage of Walter Rutherfurd to Catherine Alexander Parker. Since that time the estate has passed generationally from father to  children. The land holdings of the Rutherfurd family were greatly expanded around the turn of the 20th century by both Winthrop and his older brother, Rutherfurd Stuyvesant. By 1906 Winthrop’s Allamuchy Farms and Rutherfurd Stuyvesant’s Tranquillity Farms encompassed more than 6,000 acres in both Sussex and Warren counties. Guests to the estates have included titans of industry, a U.S. President, a former Vice President and European royalty.

Through ongoing preservation and conservation at Rutherfurd Hall we have the means to tell many meaningful historical stories about citizens of New Jersey and their associates in the first half of the 20th century.