FAIR LAWN - Residents of Fair Lawn have a plan underway to save a piece of New Jersey's colonial history.

The Naugle House was built in the mid-1700s, but the house is now boarded up and needs major structural repairs.

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The Dutch colonial home was a landmark on many Revolutionary-era maps, and it's also believed that Marquis de Lafayette visited the home in 1824.

But residents are now trying to preserve it. The town hired an architectural firm to create a renovation plan for the house.

"I think they should do everything they can to preserve our cultural heritage here in New Jersey. People outside New Jersey don't know how important it was to the revolution and how beautiful a state it is", says resident Frank Mottola.

Fair Lawn residents are also trying to preserve another colonial home. Once restored, the town hopes the homes can be used as museums or community gathering places.