John Fell House
475 Franklin Turnpike
Allendale, NJ 07401
Open: For special events and for corporate events. Please check their website for details.
The John Fell House in April 2023 for the Northwest Bergen Historical Coalition event
I visited the John Fell House in May 2016 for the Northwest Bergen History Coalition 6th Annual History Day on “Day Forty-Three” of “MywalkinManhattan.com” blog site. The house is a stately home that sits at a busy point of the Franklin Turnpike, once the main artery of this part of Bergen County.
I was not too sure what this was as it was at the back of the house. I thought it might be a food cellar.
The only problem I found about visiting the John Fell home is that it is barely furnished. Most of these homes in Bergen County have furniture or heirlooms left by the family and this house is more used for entertaining. There are displays all over the house.
The backyard of the John Fell House in Allendale, NJ
The house is operated by the Concerned Citizens of Allendale and sits on 2.8 acres of land which includes the stately home, the Gothic Revival Barn, wetlands and old-growth trees. The house is across from the Celery Farm Bird Sanctuary, which was once part of the estate and is open to walkers year round (BCHS).
The front room of the John Fell Houser
The historic John Fell House is named in recognition of Founding Father, John Fell, a revolutionary war patriot, who purchased the property in 1766.
The Living Room at the Fell House in the late 1800’s addition
The house is located on the march route of Rochambeau’s army, on its way in 1781 to Yorktown, Virginia and the Seige of Yorktown that would decide the American Revolutionary War (Wiki).
The Music Room at the Fell House
The Living Room in the new addition of the house
The history of the Strawberry industry
The inside of the Fell House:
John Fell (1721-1798) was an American merchant and jurist. He was born in New York City in 1721, he was engaged in overseas trade and has acquired a small fleet of ships by the time he moved to Bergen County, NJ in the 1760’s and lived at ‘Peterfield’, a home in present day Allendale, NJ (that is now known as the ‘John Fell House’) (Wiki).
The original part of the house from the 1700’s
The main room of the original 1700’s part of the house
The Living and Dining Room of the original house
The original fireplace in the older part of the house
The inside of the Fell House
He served as judge of the court of common please in Bergen County from 1766 to 1774. With the coming of the American Revolutionary War, he became chairman of Bergen County’s committee of correspondence and the committee of safety. He was Bergen County’s leading delegate to the Provincial Congress of New Jersey in 1775. In 1776, Fell was elected to a one-year term in the New Jersey Legislative Council representing Bergen County.
The antique dishware and tea pots in the kitchen at the John Fell House
The house is open for all sorts of special events and can be rented out. Please check out their website above for more details.
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