United States of America, New Jersey, Monmouth County, Rumson
Rumson Hill (Rumson, New Jersey)
The gardens on this now-vanished 220-acre estate were established in the early 1900s and appear to have survived intact until the 1950s. During that time the property was owned by Thomas N. McCarter. In 1913 a detailed plan for the formal garden was prepared by the landscape architectural firm of Brinley and Holbrook. This was a typical country estate of the period, a working farm situated on the highest point between two rivers, the Navesink and the Shrewsbury. In addition to the formal pergola garden, the garden's other main feature seems to have been a fantastic allée of buttonwood (sycamore) trees by the entrance drive. The house, located on Rumson Road, has survived, but most of the surrounding land has been sold.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Thomas N. McCarter (former owner, 1903-ca. 1950) and Brinley and Holbrook (landscape architects, 1913).
The folders include worksheets, an abbreviated garden plan, and a photocopy of the 1913 garden design, including plant lists.
Garden has been featured in James G. G. Conniff and Richard Conniff, The Energy People (n.p.: Public Service Electric and Gas, 1978)