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Historic Allendale House Celebrates With High Teas

Linda Schropp with the teapot collection at the historic John Fell House in Allendale.
Linda Schropp with the teapot collection at the historic John Fell House in Allendale. Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash

ALLENDALE, N.J. – A group of Allendale residents will celebrate the holiday season with a traditional English tea and a champagne toast in an 18th-century home once owned by a signer of the United States Constitution.

The Holiday Champagne Tea has been scheduled for noon – 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Historic John Fell House, which will be decorated for the season, according to organizers, who said the event sold out.

"We try to have a theme for the teas we hold throughout the year,” said Linda Schropp, an event co-chair. “Traditionally, we have a holiday tea. This year, it’s going to be a little special with a champagne toast to the holidays."

While all spots for the event are full, organizers are maintaining a wait list.

A variety of teas held throughout the year are a tradition at the house.

According to Schropp, the ornate teapots used are donated to the historic site by local residents and estates.

John Fell was a patriot during the American Revolution who later served Bergen County as a justice of the peace, a judge and as a member of the New Jersey Council, according to the John Fell House website, which added that he ratified the U.S. Constitution while serving as a member of the First Continental Congress.

While living in the home at 475 Franklin Turnpike, which dates to before the Revolution, Fell called the house “Peterfield,” according to the website.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the event or other happenings at the John Fell House should email Schropp at

Click here to learn more about the John Fell House.

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