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John Fell Wants You!

John Fell Wants You  ... to attend Jim Wright's talk about Allendale's Founding Father John Fell's historic house, and Fell's swamp, now known as the Celery Farm.

The talk and accompanying slde show are part of the Coalition of Northwest Bergen Historical Organizations' annual fund-raising luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The event will be held at the Ramsey Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Jim will explain the unsung John Fell’s heroic role in the Revolutionary War and discuss the house that bears his name and the swamp that he owned --  the 107-acre Celery Farm.


As a Halloween bonus, Jim Wright will read his ghost story "Phantoms of the Ramapos" out-loud. P1210820AJ-001


The tale, set in 1938, features the Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway, an armed bank robbery in Allendale, and a cameo appearance by the Darlington Schoolhouse in Mahwah. 


(You can download a free digital version of the book by clicking on the left-hand side of this blog.)

A slide show featuring archival photos will illustrate the talk and ghost story.


If Jim Wright cannot appear, the spirit of John Fell himself may give the talk.


More information follows.


The $40 tickets include lunch and the talk, with proceeds benefiting the nine member groups of the Coalition of Northwest Bergen Historical Organizations -- the Schoolhouse Museum in Ridgewood, the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, the John Fell House, the Hopper-Goetschius House Museum in Upper Saddle River, the Old Stone House in Ramsey, the Mahwah Museum, the Van Allen House in Oakland, the Zabriskie House in Wyckoff, and the Museum at the Station in Glen Rock.

For information contact Jean Hildebrandt, 201-891-9409. To order tickets, send check payable to USR Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 or visit