On May 19th the John Fell House hosted Hillside third graders for a tour of the house and a reenactment of the arrest of John Fell, performed by a group of American Revolutionary war re-enactors known as Heard’s Brigade.  The reenactment is made possible through a grant from AFEE, and it makes such a difference for the 100 students who attend the tour. It is living history at its best.

The re-enactors bring the arrest to life by firing muskets and armed soldiers take John Fell from his home.  The students witness the soldiers telling Fell that he is being arrested for crimes against the King. After the arrest, the members of the brigade talk with the students while still in character. Students ask questions and learn about the life and times of the soldiers.  John Fell's wife and daughters are dressed in period costumes and share what life was like for them at that time.

Third graders have already studied the history of Allendale and New Jersey and understand a great deal about both.  The reenactment enables the students to go back in time in a way they could never experience through a book.