We just moved our office to Rutherford! To celebrate the move, we thought it would be fun to share these 10 facts you probably don’t know about Rutherford, NJ:
1. Rutherford, NJ was named for one of two people, either John Rutherfurd, a U.S. Senator, or Rutherford B. Hayes, the President in 1867. No one knows where the actual name came from because the U.S. Post Office opened a postal office in the city in 1867. The city had been called Rutherfurd like the U.S. Senator for several years before the new post office being established when people began spelling it Rutherford. Some say that the first spelling was just a misprint.
2. Most people who are searching for homes for sale in Bergen County may not realize that Rutherford had another name until 1867. The city was originally called Boiling Springs because of a powerful, cold water spring that was said to give the town an endless supply of cold water located at a main intersection in the city.
3. Some of the most popular home remodeling projects have included the addition of new windows to give people better views of the local trees. Rutherford is known as the “Borough of Trees” because of the spectacular autumnal viewing when the seasons change.
4. Many people do not know that Rutherford was named “The First Borough of Bergen County.” It was official on September 21, 1881.
5. Charles Evered, who lived in Rutherford in the 90’s sold his screenplay named “Asteroid Man” to Steven Spielberg when he was just 29 years old. It was reportedly a six-figure sale. Evered is known for writing plays and directing movies. He was born in Rutherford in 1964.
6. People buying homes for sale in Bergen County may not know that Kate Pierson, the fiery headed singer of the B-52’s attended Rutherford High School where she formed a band called The Sun Donuts. It was a band that played folk music and protested local events during her high school and college years. She says the band the B-52’s got their inspiration for their stunning style from Federico Fellini, who was an Italian Filmmaker.
7. Rutherford was home to one of the Tuskegee Airman named Calvin Spann, who was born in Rutherford. He passed away in January 2015.
8. Peggy Noonan, a famous speech writer for President Reagan and George W. Bush in 1988, was born in Rutherford, NJ. She spoke at William Paterson College in nearby Wayne, NJ in 1992.
9. Thomas Pickering, who was nominated by President Reagan to be the United States Ambassador to Nigeria in 1981, grew up in Rutherford.
10.The Labor Day Street Fair held in Rutherford is the longest continuous festival in New Jersey with it currently running for the 328th year.
We hope you enjoyed and learned something from these fun Rutherford, NJ facts!