Informal Group Looks to Preserve Rumson Estate

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The Rohallion Estate on Bellevue Avenue in Rumson.

Published on August 03, 2012 with 10 Comments

By John Burton

The Rohallion Estate in Rumson is for sale and neighbors fear the property could be bought and subdivided for development.

RUMSON — A group of area residents are hoping they can muster enough support to preserve a borough property that they believe has historical significance.

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  1. Best of luck on the endevour.

  2. My family was friends with the Pisani family, so I have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful home.
    More, I have a memory of being told that originally Rohallion was much larger than 5 acres and had specimens of every tree that would thrive in our climate…it was and should be , an arboretum along with the surrounding properties who benefit from the diversity of trees….maybe a walking tour

  3. I’m surprised with how long it’s been on the market that there havn’t been further price reductions. Seems like at the right price another family would buy it.

  4. It’s a very sad situation that unless someone who is made of money comes along this could be lost. How about setting up a trust fund to which people can contribute to for saving this Historical Estate? Surely the “Famous” inhabitants of Rumson ( Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, etc…) should/would participate.


      Elise Baker Hughes Save it!!
      August 3 at 10:07pm · Like

      Hydi Dixon It’s a must to save it.!!
      August 3 at 10:10pm · Like

      Laird Bohn If it’s possible, keep this beauty around for a long time.
      August 3 at 10:15pm · Like · 1

      Mary Jo Olshan Schumin please save it – too much is removed for new the past is savable
      August 3 at 10:18pm · Like · 1

      Fred A. Blumberg Hope they can find a use, it would be about time Rumson showed some concern for its past…
      August 3 at 10:19pm · Unlike · 2

      Carla Paterno Annese Love that house I hope they can save it
      August 3 at 10:43pm via mobile · Like · 1

      Peter Pisani I’d sorta like to see the Monmouth County Park System take it over and hire me as the “Resident Historian/Horticulturist”. ;)
      August 3 at 11:22pm · Like · 4

      Fred A. Blumberg got any of those Rumson Dahlias around?
      August 3 at 11:24pm · Unlike · 2

      Steve Hoback It was designed by Stanford White! It is one of the last estates from the era that saw Mark Twain and many other notables “summer” i n Rumson. Save it.
      August 4 at 7:23am via mobile · Unlike · 1

      Mary Challenger SAVE IT!!!
      August 4 at 7:34am · Like

      Colleen Torsney Wonderful idea- count me in as a supporter!
      August 4 at 8:49am via mobile · Like

      Buff Anderson if you want to save it cough up the 4.5 million the owner is asking.
      August 4 at 8:52am · Like

      Peter Pisani ‎…4.5 plus the 30 grand a year for utilities and maintenance.
      August 4 at 9:13am · Like · 1

      George Howard Brown Rumson’s record on historic preservation is deplorable.
      August 4 at 10:35am · Like · 2

      Don Blesse I think it’s a great idea if they can come up with the money to buy and maintin it. I wonder… would this just be a local curiousity or would people come from a distance and pay admission to see it?
      August 4 at 1:00pm · Like

      Steve Hoback Have an annual Tour de Rohallian cycling event. Criterian on estate; road race thru Rumson.
      August 4 at 1:20pm via mobile · Like

      Karen Burke-gonzalvez SAVE IT!! Peter, you should be resident historian, since you lived there! The thought me of that attic still scares me! Seeing Briarwood demoslished was bad enough, but seeing this beauty go would be a sin! Dean Adams built it, right? He was a decendant of John Adams. Rumson needs to up its game on saving these old beauties!
      August 4 at 1:47pm · Like

      Lanier Lobdell Save it !!! Edward Dean Adams is
      my great grandfather … needs to be saved !! He also had built the Springsteen home across Bellevue for my grandmothers wedding dowry and my father was raised there… some little factoids for you.. :)
      August 4 at 2:00pm via mobile · Like · 4

      Elise Baker Hughes Thats amazing Lanier! more history please!
      August 4 at 3:51pm · Like · 1

      Peter Pisani Teeter’s old place on the corner across from Rumson Country Day School. He also changed the “geography”.
      August 4 at 7:06pm · Like · 1

      Kathy Kircher English Lanier you need to speak in front of council or send in a letter with all the info you know of this house. My father grew up in Rumson and my grandfather owned the esso/exxon on River Rd. I say who ever can get involved and save this beautiful house.
      August 4 at 8:53pm · Like · 3

      Karen Burke-gonzalvez Lani whatever it takes, do it! You can attest to the historical value of the estate. I’ll help, if I can.
      August 4 at 9:13pm · Like · 2

      John Blake Peter, You know Skipper and I mowed the grass at Rohallion for years, albeit intermittantly. For myself, one of my biggest resons for visiting back to Rumson was to drive down Bellevue and remember the great memories of the house and the Pisani family. Absolutely need to save it, somebody who is active in the town needs to GET THE MAYOR, JOHN EKDAHL INVOLVED for the cause! (maybe he already is!)
      August 5 at 11:26pm · Like · 2

      Neal Campbell When I lived in an apt at 1 Shrewsbury Drive (1978-85) my landlord lived here–I remember sending my rent checks to Rohallion. The Sourlis family, perhaps?
      September 6 at 3:21pm · Like

      Peter Pisani Yep.
      September 6 at 5:07pm · Like

      Fred A. Blumberg how to build an empire with a credit card… Ted and Elaine ” ‘flash’ from da past”
      September 6 at 6:40pm · Like

      Jennifer Wilson It would be such a shame to lose such a historical landmark. The landmarks that make Rumson so special need to be preserved.
      20 hours ago · Like · 1

      Buff Anderson burn it to the ground!!!
      8 hours ago · Like

      Jennifer Wilson ‎@ Buff: You’re kidding, right?
      6 hours ago · Like · 2

      Lanier Lobdell ‎@buff…sure hope that was a real bad joke !
      about an hour ago · Like · 1

      Carol Hockey I hope it was a bad joke, too!
      about an hour ago · Like · 2

      Buff Anderson of course it was a joke…. lighten up everone. what i’d really like to know is how do you people propose to “save” it?
      about an hour ago · Like

      Jennifer Wilson I was/am wondering the same thing. Actions speak louder than words.
      about an hour ago · Like

      Jennifer Wilson The “Informal Group” hasn’t offered any ways to get involved yet. Unless of course you’re made of money.
      about an hour ago · Edited · Like

      Buff Anderson unless someone comes up with the money to pay the current owner for the land, not much can be done.
      about an hour ago · Like

      Jennifer Wilson It’s a sad situation. I think that all of the “famous people” (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, ….) who have moved to Rumson should get involved. In fact, I’m gonna pitch that to the Group. Have some sort of silent auction or SOMETHING to get these guys involved.
      about an hour ago · Like · 1

      Jennifer Wilson I just left the suggestion to the Group. It seems sensible to me.
      about an hour ago · Like · 1

      Ray Stoecker the town of rumson could buy it. then get “the ghost hunters team” to do an investigation; say it’s haunted; than run tours and charge paranormal investagators to pay to cover the cost of taxes and help the hotel and surrounding buisnesses a boon. send em to VAL’S FOR DINNER….
      about an hour ago · Unlike · 1

      Jennifer Wilson I’m surprised the Town of Rumson hasn’t stepped up…
      about an hour ago · Like

      Lanier Lobdell sorry Buff..but that was my great grandfathers home he had a little sensitive to the thought of it coming down.
      about an hour ago · Edited · Like · 1

      Peter Pisani Dear Buff, I watched the Rohallion Carrige House burn (arson) from the second story of Rohallion, the water tower burn (arson), the Sun House collapse (storm), and the Tea House collapse (vandalism). Certainly don’t wish the place to burn.
      3 minutes ago · Like · 1

      Jennifer Wilson HEY EVERYBODY!!! We should be posting on the link about this instead of here on facebook!!!! I’m gonna try to share this there.
      2 minutes ago · Like · 1

  5. It would make a great Eastern Monmouth Museum and Arboritum. If I had any money I’d help out. I wouldn’t mind doing any “technical advising” for the grounds or the structure.


    A number of folks have interest in this. You can hopefully click on the FB link or if you’re on FB, search “Rumson, New Jersey” to read the comments.

    • Love to be involved. Our family owned the house earlier on in its history. Robert V. White, our grandad, was a Rumson industrialist, owned it. We used to go over there from time to time.

  7. I would think that a Landmark commission could be formed to save what’s left of beautiful old historic homes in Rumson? There’s so much history that newcomers to the area know nothing about.

  8. My friend Kevin and I cut the grass and trimmed the bushes at the mansion one summer while in high school at CBA. It took 2-3 days! Then we would start over. The pool was cut stone and surrounded by grass and all types of specimens. There was a storm that August and we spent 2 weeks afterwards cutting up tree branches. Great memory. Beautiful house and grounds. Should be saved.

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