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A Pen-and-Ink of the Fell House by McGill!

SinglePDF0868-01(1)-compressed-page-001 (1)Some 245 years ago tomorrow, the patriot John Fell was arrested in his home on what is now 475 Franklin Turnpike and imprisoned by the British in the notorious Provost Jail in lower Manhattan.

To honor Fell's patriotism, my wife Patty and I commissioned the well-known illustrator Charlie McGill to do a pen-and-ink rendition of the house. (The Celery Farm was once part of Fell's property.)

Although McGill is famous for his decades-long "Athlete of the Week" illustrations for The Record, he also did some incredible illustrations of Bergen County's best-known pre-Revolutionary War houses.

My wife and I decided it was high time the historic Fell House had an illustration of its own.

You can read a newspaper article about my old friend Charlie here:

I am embarrassed to admit that although Charlie did the artwork in 2018, only this month did I realize that I could take the very large illustration to Staples and have it scanned.

So here it is, better late than never!

Thank you, Charlie!

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