Glenburn Estate

211 Paterson Hamburg Turnpike
 Directions to Glenburn, 211 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457

If you are interested in renting the Glenburn Estate, please stop by and see our new Rental Coordinator, Pam Sylvestri.

** NEW HOURS FOR 2017 **
The rental office is open on the following days at the Riverdale Senior Community Center, 57 Loy Avenue, Riverdale, NJ:
NEW Phone Number (862) 261-9356

           Monday:     5:00pm - 7:00pm
           Thursday:  5:00pm - 7:00pm

** NEW EXPANDED HOURS FOR 2017 ** - TOURS: Glenburn Estate tours are available every week on
                                                                                                                  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

For complete information, please stop by during the new office hours or email Pam at         

*** Click here to download the printable 2016 Glenburn Rental Contract ***                                           

** NEW RATES FOR 2017 ** - The rental period is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

  • The Barn & Pavilion:   $350 per day
  • The Main House:         $500 per day
  • The Entire Estate:       $850 per day
  • Wedding Package:   $3,500 [Mandatory 3 Day Rental - Friday, Saturday, Sunday Only]
  • Security Deposit: $500 for all events
  • Driver's License of Applicant (photocopy)
  • Certificate of Insurance, if required

Cancellation Policy

Single Day Rentals:


  1. At least 60 Days Notice - 100% Refund
  2. Between 30 and 60 Days - 50% Refund
  3. Less than 30 Days - No Refund
  4. If the Borough is able to rent the date you reserved, your entire payment will be refunded.

Wedding Package:


  1. Six Months or more - 100% Refund
  2. Between 3 and 6 months - 50% Refund
  3. Less than 3 months - No Refund
  4. If the Borough is able to rent the date you reserved, your entire payment will be refunded.
The House


  • Ten 60' Round Table
  • Six 6' Rectangle Tables
  • 100 folding Chairs
  • Oven (No stove top cooking)
  • Full size Refrigerator
  • One handicap accessible restroom on first floor
  • Two additional restrooms on second floor
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Available Year Round
The Barn/Pavilion


  • Ten folding picnic tables wirh benches
  • Six wood picnic tables with benches
  • Thirty folding Chairs
  • Full size Refrigerator
  • Two handicap acccessible restrooms in barn
  • No heat available in barn
  • Pavilion is fully lighted
  • Pavilion has two 20 amp outlets
  • Closed December 1, reopens April 1 (weather permitting)


History of Glenburn

General Information

Glenburn, its late-nineteenth century name given to it by its second owner, is located at 211 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale, Morris County, New Jersey. Now on five-acres, Glenburn was first constructed ca. 1816 by Simon H. Van Ness.  It was originally a three-bay, side hall plan.  In 1868, George Linen acquired the property and soon thereafter constructed the western 2/5 of the house, making it a five-bay, center hall plan. Twice in the twentieth century, Glenburn was heavily modified in the Colonial Revival style. It was used as a private residence until five years ago. It is currently owned by the Borough of Riverdale and is used for weddings, private parties, as well as for meetings.

Overall Description

Located on the west side of the Hamburg Turnpike roughly centered on its five-acre lot, Glenburn is a two-and-a-half story, five-bay center hall frame building with the east gable end facing the road. The foundation is stone, the walls clapboard, the roof is slate with molded projecting eaves and a plain frieze finished with brackets. There are four chimneys with decorative arched recesses. The original façade of the house was the south; today, however, because of the driveway, the main access is the north elevation. The center hall spans the width of the house. The south façade has a Colonial Revival semi-circular porch supported by four Doric columns. The north porch is flat roofed and carried on six attenuated Doric columns. There is a one story addition at the west. The south façade of this addition is an enclosed porch.

On the interior, there is the center hall with a single parlor to the east and stacked rooms to the west. The addition holds the kitchen and enclosed porch. The second floor has five bedrooms: two on each side and one centered at the southern end of the hall.

In addition to the house, there is a nineteenth century barn and frame outbuilding. The site is surrounded by a stone fence that dates to the twentieth century. Today located on a quieter stretch of the Hamburg Turnpike—a major corridor throughout Morris County—Glenburn used to be extremely rural; however, since the mid-twentieth century, its proximity to Route 287 as well as to the neighboring quarry has altered the original setting of the house.

Previous Studies and Reports

In 2003, Glenburn was threatened with demolition for the construction of a strip mall. This alerted local preservationists and the project was scrapped. At this time, Marion Harris completed an initial evaluation of the house as well as a chain of title search. This resulted in a 2005 Certification of Eligibility by the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. This along with the 1986 Morris County Cultural Resource Survey form is the only previous study completed on the building.