When Allendale Became Mayberry

The John Fell House is celebrating Allendale’s cultural heritage this autumn with an art show featuring old paintings and old scenes. On Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, the Fell House will display more than a dozen works by several artists that reflect bygone Allendale, when our town had plenty of barns, a toll-house on Franklin Turnpike, a lumber mill and more.

The event will also be a celebration of 95-year-old Allendale resident Bud Finley, who has painted Allendale scenes for several decades. Two of Finley’s paintings hang in Allendale Borough Hall.They will be included, with several other Finley paintings of Allendale.

The paintings will be on display at the Fell House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Do you have any paintings of old Allendale scenes you’d be willing to lend? Do you know anything about an artist named Shuit, who painted Allendale scenes a half-century ago? Contact Jim Wright at 201-760-0804 or celeryfarm@gmail.com.