The Alnwick Hall Newsroom

Owner May Demolish Abbey Without Development

Aug 20, 2017

A landmark estate on Madison Avenue in Morris Township — one which represents Morris County's fading connection to opulence of the Gilded Age — may be demolished if its current owner cannot develop the property to offset its upkeep.

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The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Tulip Award Winners

May 30, 2017

The Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center is pleased to announce the winners of its Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens 2017 Tulip Award.

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Behind the Scenes at Mansions in May

May 2017

OPERATIONS is led by a dynamic trio of woman who spend their daily lives juggling hundreds of details and overseeing the preparation of this year's Mansion in May at Alnwick Hall - The Abbey in Morris Township, NJ.

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The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Travel: Designers deck out historic estate with modern twist for Mansion in May, opens May 1

By Jenna Intersimone | April 28, 2017

Just a few months ago, Alnwick Hall, known today as The Abbey, was an empty, yet notable, 20,000-square-foot home, a rare survivor from the early 20th century's ‘Millionaire’s Row’ of estates, on a portion of Madison Avenue between Morristown and Madison.

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The 18th Mansion In May Designer Showhouse And Gardens

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

This spring, Alnwick Hall in Morristown, New Jersey will come alive for The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center’s (WAMMC) 18th Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens.

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The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

McManus & Associates Sponsor Interactive Tour Supporting Center for Nursing Innovation and Research

By Kathy Hobbs, Jean Bercik O’Toole, Angela Pugliese | March 22, 2017

The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) is pleased to announce its partnership with McManus and Associates, an internationally acclaimed estate planning firm...

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Media Day at The Abbey: 2017 Mansion in May

By Kristine Robinson | February 2, 2017

Hello everyone, yesterday was an extraordinary day. It was the day my son Grady and I drove an hour and a half, way into New Jersey, to preview an amazing historic mansion which will be used as the 2017 Mansion in May. What a treat!!

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Picture courtesy of Kristine Robinson.


The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Return to the Gilded Age at Alnwick Hall

Mansion in May, the biannual fundraiser by the Women's Association of Morristown Medical Center, will run from May 1 to 31 in a Morris Township

By Pamela MacKenzie | February 8, 2017

MORRIS TOWNSHIP - Fans of Mansion in May, the biannual fundraiser by the Women's Association of Morristown Medical Center, have had to wait an extra year for the latest event.

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Mansion in May at the Abbey: Here is the Before...

This Abbey is no Downton Abbey. Come back in May, however, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

By Kevin Coughling | February 3, 2017

Alnwick Hall, better known as the Abbey, opened its doors this week for a sneak preview of Mansion in May, the month-long fundraiser organized by the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.

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The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Tom Maoli Hopes To Restore Morristown New Jersey's Alnwick Hall

Hopes to Showcase Abbey for "Mansions in May" Fundraiser for Morristown Medical Center

September 30, 2016

FAR HILLS, N.J., Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In early 2010 real estate developer Tom Maoli purchased the now deserted Morristown mansion, Alnwick Hall, better known as "The Abbey," with the express hope of saving a last remnant of what was formerly known as Madison Avenue's "millionaire's row."

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Alnwick Hall to be spotlighted as 2017 Mansion in May showpiece

August 15, 2016

Alnwick Hall in Morris Township – known in recent years as “The Abbey” and once the residence of Edward Peter Meany and his wife, Rosalie Behr – has been named as the location of the 18th Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens.

Mansion in May is the signature fundraiser for the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC), generating more than $10 million for Morristown Medical Center since 1974. WAMMC’s most recent Mansion in May was held in 2014 at the iconic Blairsden in Peapack-Gladstone, raising more than $2 million for the expansion of the Joan and Edward Foley Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the addition of a new Autism and Child Development Center for the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center.

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The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Castles of New Jersey: Fairytale Fortresses

By Joanna Buffum | April 11, 2016

These storybook structures were home to many of our state's wealthiest inventors and entrepreneurs. Though the era of New Jersey castles has passed, their whimsical histories continue to fascinate.

Rosalie Meany loved throwing lavish, show-stopping parties for the highest of high society. For one Christmas party, she wore a custom gown decorated with twinkling tree lights. Another time, she hosted an exclusive performance by Metropolitan Opera singer Madame Alma Gluck for 200 guests in her impressive great hall.

Meany had the right house for such excesses. Her palace was a castle called Alnwick Hall, one of the many opulent estates that once lined Madison Avenue in Morristown, an area... read more


For sale: Castles of N.J. on the royal estate market

By Tom De Poto | November 12, 2013

A man’s home is his castle, but how often is a castle a man’s home? In New Jersey, not too often.

There are about a dozen castles in the Garden State, depending on one’s definition. Most were built as private homes by wealthy owners about 100 years ago. Some have been lost to time, others are owned by historical societies and nonprofit groups, private firms or colleges.

A few, however, are for sale to anyone with a princely checkbook and a longing to live... read more

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

The Abbey, Morristown, NJ

Alnwick Hall

From the Township of Morris New Jersey website

Alnwick Hall is located on 355 Madison Avenue and Canfield Road.

One of many elaborate houses that once stood along the stretch of Madison Avenue known as “Millionaires' Row,” this survivor of the Gilded Age was built for Edward P. Meany (1854-1938), New Jersey Judge Advocate General and director of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, and his wife Rosaline.

The Meanys based their 1904 home on the design of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England. From 1961 to 1984 the structure served as Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church. Today it is an office building known as “The Abbey.”

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Morris County During the Gilded Age to Today

Morristown was once known as the "Inland Newport"

By 1900 the nation's business and financial leaders, seeking escape from New York City, discovered Morris County, which was renowned for its isolation, ideal climate and unspoiled countryside, and began constructing large country estates. Within a few years, more millionaires lived within a three-mile radius of the Morristown Green than anywhere else in the United States.

These magnificent estates were numerous enough to fill the pages of a pre-World War I vintage picture book entitled Beautiful Homes of Morris County, boasting the most opulent homes of moguls such as Otto H. Kahn, Charles Mellon and the Frelinghuysens. Sadly, the introduction of the federal income tax and the Stock Market Crash of 1929 sounded the death knell for the... read more

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