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Orangeburg in Rockland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John G. Bell

 
 
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By Marianne B. Leese, 2018
1. John G. Bell Marker
Marjorie Douglas and her daughter Heather stand next to the historical marker sponsored by Douglas House Inc.
Inscription. Noted naturalist-taxidermist John Graham Bell (1812-89) and his wife, Ann Briggs Bell (1820-94), lived here. Mr. Bell was a pioneer in taxidermy and friend and associate of leading naturalists and ornithologists of his day. In 1843 he traveled with John James Audubon up the Missouri River to collect specimens and information for Audubonís final project. Two birds are named after him: Bellís Vireo and Bell's Sparrow. At his shop on Broadway in lower Manhattan, he gave lessons in taxidermy to 13-year-old Theodore Roosevelt. The original 1756 Dutch sandstone house has been greatly altered and expanded. The property includes a rare Anglicized Dutch barn. Since 1981 the house, remaining a residence, has been a location for filming television shows, commercials and movies.
 
Erected 2018 by Historical Society of Rockland County; Sponsored by Douglas House, Inc.
 
Location. 41° 2.169′ N, 73° 55.681′ W. Marker is in Orangeburg, New York, in Rockland County. Marker is on Kings Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 275 Kings Highway, Sparkill, NY 10962, Orangeburg NY 10962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gravesite of General John Charles Frťmont (approx.
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2. John G. Bell
0.3 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church Piermont and Sparkill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sparkill World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Sparkill Korean War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Sparkill Viet-Nam War Monument (approx. half a mile away); St. Charles A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. half a mile away); Sparkill Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Sparkill Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away).
 
Also see . . .  Rockland County's Birdman by Carol Weiss. An article by Carol Weiss about John G. Bell. It appeared in "South of the Mountains," Vol. 52, No. 1, January - March, 2008. (c) The Historical Society of Rockland County. (Submitted on August 22, 2018, by Clare Sheridan of Tappan, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. Ornithology
 
Categories. AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2018, by Clare Sheridan of Tappan, New York. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2018, by Clare Sheridan of Tappan, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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