A Visit To Rutherfurd Hall For Historic Preservation Month

June 1, 2023

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In historic Allamuchy, NJ, Rutherfurd Hall is open to the public for tours. Rutherfurd Hall, Winthrop and Alice Rutherfurd’s 18,000 square-foot summer cottage was designed by Whitney Warren in 1905. The 38-room Tudor-style mansion ists on the grounds of Allamuchy Farms, as the estate was known.  The 1,300 acres included pastures of Dorset sheep, Holstein cattle, Warren kennels, vegetable gardens, a 40-acre pond, tennis courts, a golf course, and gardens designed by the Olmstead brothers of Massachusetts. 

The house served as the family summer cottage for 45 years. In 1950, after their father’s death, the children sold the house and the remaining 35 acres to The Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Charity for $10. The sisters maintained the property, which they called Villa Madonna, until 2005, adding an adjacent, adjoined structure used as an infirmary, when they sold it to the Allamuchy Township Board of Education for $10,000,000. The municipality currently uses the infirmary structure as a school for Pre-K through 2nd grades. The property is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. 


The complete tour includes all three floors of Rutherfurd Hall, Rutherfurd Chapel, the laundry, Allamuchy Freight House, Tranquility Cemetary, the Stuyvesant Memorial and the original family house. The enthusiastic docents’ share more than a century of intriguing family history.



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