A Spectacular Designer Showhouse and Gardens — May 1 to May 31, 2017, proudly presented by the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center

Mansion in May 2017

The 18th Mansion in May at Alnwick Hall - The Abbey will be open to the public for just one month, featuring the design inspirations of over 60 of the area’s top interior and landscape designers.

Alnwick Hall - The Abbey, one of the last great estates stands bold and regal along the majestic stretch of Madison Avenue between Morristown and Madison, New Jersey, known as “Millionaire’s Row."

Alnwick Hall, known today as The Abbey, was completed in 1904 as the residence of Edward and Rosalie Behr Meany. Edward Peter Meany was an attorney and businessman whose many endeavors ranged from railway and telegraph line construction to serving on several corporate boards and governmental bodies to playing a significant role in the expansion of the thenemerging telephone industry as general counsel for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Rosalie Meany is credited with giving Alnwick Hall its distinctive cultural identity in the social life of Morristown.

The Meanys were known for hosting annual festive musicales in the mansion’s grand ballroom featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and such international musical stars as violinist Efrem Zimbalist. With attendees comprising the top tier of area society, these elegant events were often catered by the famed Delmonico’s restaurant of New York City.

Named for Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, the imposing 20,000-square-foot, orange-colored brick and stone mansion with terra cotta ornamentation and crenellated parapets was loosely modeled after various fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English prototypes. New York City architect Percy Griffin was retained to design the Meanys’ country mansion featuring elegant Heinigke & Bowen stained glass windows, fine wood-trim carvings, elaborately sculpted plaster, numerous fireplaces and an intricately carved oak main staircase.

Alnwick Hall is a now-rare and largely unaltered survivor of “Millionaire’s Row”: Madison Avenue (Route 124) between Morristown and Madison. During the area’s Gilded Age, this stretch of road was lined by a nearly unbroken series of large and elegant estate houses. It was also called “the street of the 100 millionaires” and “the finest four miles in the world.” Notable neighbors included Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton McKown Twombly of “Florham” (now Fairleigh Dickinson), Geraldine Rockefeller and Marcellus Hartley Dodge Sr. of “Giralda” in Madison, and Addie Wolff and Otto Hermann Kahn of “Cedar Court” (now Honeywell). For 31 days in May, the doors of Alnwick Hall – The Abbey will be open for the public to experience the opulent splendor of the Gilded Age during Mansion in May 2017, presented by the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.

Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center

Funds raised by Mansion in May 2017 Alnwick Hall - The Abbey will go toward the establishment of the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center. This center will be a place to spark ideas for creative projects by MMC nurses to improve the health of our patients as well as unlock the power of continuous innovation to change practice.

Morristown Medical Center will proudly celebrate 125 years of community and healthcare in 2017. The Women's Association is honored to be an historic partner in this remarkable milestone!

The self-guided tour is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours long. Hours: 10 am - 3 pm, every day in May, Last ticket sold at 3 pm
Ticket Pricing:
Advance Ticket Sales $40 per person: February 1 – April 30
Regular Ticket Sales $50 per person: May 1 – May 31

No parking is available at the mansion (355 Madison Avenue), but free shuttle service will run between the off-site parking and the mansion. Off-site parking is available at 170 Park Avenue in Florham Park, NJ 07932

For more information check the website, or call 973/971-8800.

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Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Morris County Tourism Bureau
  • Provides information about what's happening in the county, including events, historical sites, museums, hotels, restaurants. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Saturdays in summer. Historic Morristown walking tours available as well as group tours and packages.

    6 Court St, Morristown 07960, 973-631-5151

  • The Theatre at RVCC
  • The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, which offers a full season of professional music, theatre, dance, cultural events and children's programs is conveniently located near the border between Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Box Office Hours: 11am-4pm, Monday - Friday

    Rt. 28 and Lamington Road, North Branch 08876, 908/725-3420

  • Canal Society of New Jersey Museum
  • The CSNJ fosters the study of the history of New Jerseys two towpath canals, preserves and restores canal remains and artifacts, educates the public in the canals histories and provides active programs for its members. CSNJ maintains a museum and hosts events at Waterloo Village and has developed the Morris Canal Greenway, a succession of interpreted walks along former canal route across Northern NJ.

    Waterloo Village, Stanhope 07960, 973/292-2755

  • Lamington River
  • Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
  • F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre\n36 Madison Avenue, Madison 07940, 973/408-3807


This story was first published: Spring, 2017
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