Thomas Paine Cottage Museum

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum is the last existing building in America that Paine owned & lived in It is owned and operated by the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association. Visit thomaspainecottage.org for visitation hours.
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Our New Rochelle community is one of the most generous around. Please consider helping the NewRo Runners and Paine to Pa...
04/26/2020
NewRo Runners COVID-19 Fundraiser

Our New Rochelle community is one of the most generous around. Please consider helping the NewRo Runners and Paine to Pain Half Marathon Trail Race with their awesome fundraiser collecting donations to support front line workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They continue to buy meals from local establishments and deliver to front line workers and others in need. Details here and to donate
https://tinyurl.com/y82xe2v4.
#newrostrong
Erik you and your team is fabulous!

The NewRo Runners COVID-19 Fundraiser is on Wednesday April 1, 2020 to Tuesday June 30, 2020.

New Rochelle, the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association wants to hear how COVID-19 is affecting you. Please rea...
04/18/2020

New Rochelle, the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association wants to hear how COVID-19 is affecting you. Please read on...

In our fear of contagion, Americans abandon the custom of shaking hands. The City is now in a manner depopulated; almost every person who can quit it is gone. Business is in a great degree stagnant, business of every kind is suspended, and universal stillness prevails night & day.

No, this is not covid-19. This was the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793-1803 that claimed thousands of lives. 1793 a Health Committee was formed by a group of NY doctors to quarantine all vessels from Philadelphia arriving in New York. They prevented them from sailing passed Bedloe’s Island, the current site of the Statue of Liberty. In 1803 Thomas Paine leaves New York for his farm in New Rochelle. He would later write an essay on the Cause of Yellow Fever.

Thankfully history minded individuals documented this event so future generations could learn from it. New Rochelle needs to do this now. We have a story to tell and it is our responsibility as New Rochelle’s Historical Association to tell that story; New Rochelle’s story.

We want your voices heard, we want your photos, your thoughts, your words documented and preserved. How did your family handle home schooling, social distancing, no work and no play? Do you have a small business? How are you surviving this pandemic?

Please send us your memories of this epic time in our New Rochelle history. You can send us your photos, any artwork you’ve created, a diary of day to day life, home videos or just about anything that will tell our story to future generations. We want to hear from everyone; young and old.

Send any digital items to: [email protected]
Non digital items can be mailed to:
Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association
20 Sicard Avenue New Rochelle, New York 10804.
Include a description of the item, your name and address or we can accept it as an anonymous donation.

Together we will let future New Rochelleans know exactly what it means to be #NewRoStrong!

Donations may be used in future exhibits or publications by the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association proudly serving our New Rochelle community.

It has come to our attention that there is a bit of confusion concerning the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the efforts...
04/09/2020

It has come to our attention that there is a bit of confusion concerning the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum and the efforts to save the Paine Memorial Building, a piece of NR History that should be preserved.

The Paine Memorial Building is owned by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. The Paine Cottage is owned by the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association and although we are always in desperate need of funding by membership and sponsorships, our doors will once again be opened after this covid-19 outbreak is behind us.

We strongly support the historical landmark status of the Paine Memorial Building and its future use as a public space with continued emphasis on founding father, Thomas Paine. Please think about writing to City Hall with your comments. As FB is a great outlet for discussion, your much needed comments only reach City Hall through letters so as we all have some time at home, take a moment and write a letter to help save a piece of NR History!

Please see original blog post https://tinyurl.com/u5x97du for more information on how you can help and do consider a donation to the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum so we may continue all our community events and educational programming. Thank you and be well! #stayhomesavelives, #newrostrong

Fellow Americans #stayhomesavelives, create a #MyPandemicSurvivalPlan. We’re all in this together and please use a littl...
03/27/2020

Fellow Americans #stayhomesavelives, create a #MyPandemicSurvivalPlan. We’re all in this together and please use a little “Common Sense”. #newrostrong
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
The American Crisis, No. I December 1776

Harriet Tubman Day - March 10thHarriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of ensl...
03/10/2020

Harriet Tubman Day - March 10th

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.
A New Rochelle house on Long Island Sound with secret tunnels and attic passages is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”
—Harriet Tubman

"Our traders in men (an unnatural commodity) must know the wickedness of that slave trade if they attend to reasoning or the dictates of their own hearts."
--Thomas Paine. From the March 1775 edition of the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser

March 8th International Women's Day"I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And by the way, in the the ne...
03/09/2020

March 8th International Women's Day
"I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And by the way, in the the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation"

ABIGAIL ADAMS, letter to John Adams, Mar. 31, 1776

We know and completely enjoy these wonderfully talented people. We love having them as often as possible at many of our ...
03/04/2020
Experience History with Early American Music and Arts

We know and completely enjoy these wonderfully talented people. We love having them as often as possible at many of our functions. They never disappoint. Ministers of Apollo and Early American Music and Arts

Historians, musicians, and performers dedicated to bringing the past to the present with the power of music

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo
03/03/2020

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo

Happy President’s Day.  Just how many US presidents have Feb birthdays? Four! George Washington (Feb 22, 1732), William ...
02/18/2020

Happy President’s Day. Just how many US presidents have Feb birthdays? Four! George Washington (Feb 22, 1732), William Henry Harrison (Feb 9, 1773), Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12, 1809), and Ronald Regan (Feb 6, 1911).
“President’s Day” has its origins in commemorations of Washington’s birthday (Feb 22) started in 1800, one year after he died; recognized by the government in 1885 until 1971 as an official holiday.
In 1971, the government moved this holiday to the third Monday in Feb as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, making more three-day weekends.

01/29/2020
Thomas Paine Cottage Museum

Happy Birthday to Thomas Paine

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
Thomas Paine

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King would deliver his I Have a Dream speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and...
01/20/2020

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King would deliver his I Have a Dream speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His rhetoric of freedom came straight out of the American Revolution. “This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality,” he said in the speech, alluding to ‘the winter of our discontent,’ in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

His conclusion was a stirring call for the same thing the Boston revolutionaries called for: Freedom.

So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine
01/19/2020

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, It’s like stepping into the past. A special piece of New Rochelle and America that we must not forget.

If you have #CommonSense, visit the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum! Or become a member to enjoy the great benefits!

01/03/2020
Wishing everyone observing Kwanzaa peace, love, unity and the celebration of the proud heritage of family. Kwanzaa bless...
12/26/2019

Wishing everyone observing Kwanzaa peace, love, unity and the celebration of the proud heritage of family. Kwanzaa blessings to you and yours.

12/24/2019
Peace on Earth WWII

Last Christmas we posted the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. This year we share a relatively unknown story of what “peace on earth” could look like. It was retold in a speech given by Pres. Reagan in 1985 and again in an old TV show “Unsolved Mysteries”. This video is the TV footage with the original family member recalling that Christmas Eve in 1944 as a young 12 year old boy.
To all celebrating Christmas,
“May you be blessed with the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”
Merry Christmas

To all members of our community celebrating Hanukkah; may the Festival of Lights bring you the blessings of good health,...
12/23/2019

To all members of our community celebrating Hanukkah; may the Festival of Lights bring you the blessings of good health, good fortune, peace, love, prosperity, happiness & joy today and always.

12/08/2019
11/30/2019

245 years ago on November 30, 1774, Thomas Paine arrived in the New World. This founding father's pamphlet, "Common Sense", help sparked the American Revolution.
If you haven't had a chance to listen to Mo Rocca's podcast "Mobituaries, Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father" give it a listen. It's a great piece.

Happy Evacuation Day !Evacuation Day in New York takes place on November 25, 2019. Following the American Revolutionary ...
11/25/2019

Happy Evacuation Day !

Evacuation Day in New York takes place on November 25, 2019. Following the American Revolutionary War, Evacuation Day on November 25 marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British authority in the United States - its troops in New York - departed from Manhattan. After this British evacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army through the city. The last shot of the war was reported to be fired on this day, as a British gunner on one of the departing ships fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, at the mouth of New York Harbor (the shot fell well short of the shore).

11/19/2019

Stop by the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association tent at the Down to Earth Markets New Rochelle at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum this Friday from 10am-2pm for a free hot chocolate & candy cane.

LAST day of the 2019 season! Stop by and stock up on your favorite vendor's items as we get ready to celebrate the holiday season!

11/17/2019
"Mobituaries": Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father

If you haven't listened to Mo Rocca's podcast, Mobituaries now is a great time to start. His episode on Paine is wonderful! Thanks Mo for a great piece of work.

Mo Rocca pulls out all the stops to honor the Revolutionary author whose pamphlets lit the fuse for American independence but who remains little-remembered today

Our history preserved
10/28/2019

Our history preserved

Ribbon cutting Elijah Miller House
10/28/2019

Ribbon cutting Elijah Miller House

Wishing Oktoberfest would last a bit longer? Well it does at Paine's Pub at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum. Doors opened ti...
09/26/2019

Wishing Oktoberfest would last a bit longer? Well it does at Paine's Pub at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum. Doors opened till 9pm!
Come out & enjoy 1st night of ArtsFest 2019 and while you're waiting till next Friday, please visit our generous sponsors, Beechmont Tavern (best wings in NR) & Nahmias Et Fils Distillery (fine spirits) without their support, nights like these are not possible!

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association
09/16/2019

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association

New Rochelle is so lucky to have him involved with our great city.

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association
09/16/2019

Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera in receiving the Medal of Freedom today! An honor well deserved.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president of the United States "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

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Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, last building in North America owned by Paine

The Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, New York in the United States, was the home from 1802 to 1806 of Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and Revolutionary War hero. Paine was buried near the cottage from his death in 1809 until his body was disinterred in 1819. It was one of a number of buildings located on the 300 acre farm given to Paine by the State of New York in 1784, in recognition of his services in the cause of Independence. It was here in August 1805 that he wrote his last pamphlet, which was addressed to the citizens of Philadelphia on "Constitutional Reform".

The cottage has been owned by the "Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association" and has been operated as a historic house museum since 1910. The cottage is open to the public every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 10- 5 p.m. There are numerous events scheduled at the cottage throughout the year. In addition, the cottage hosts many local school field trips.

The park in which Paine's Cottage now stands is a very small section of the Thomas Paine farm. The 277-acre farm was originally owned by the Tory Frederick DeVeaux, but was confiscated after the war. 320 acres including the farm were presented to Paine in 1784 by act of the New York State Legislature for his service. The stone house occupied by DeVeaux was destroyed by fire in 1793 and replaced with the cottage while Paine was in Europe. The current cottage was built in 1793 near the site of the DeVeaux house on the south side of Paine Lane, now called Paine Avenue. This house was built in two parts, the present westerly section, soon after 1793, and the easterly addition probably about 1804. Paine owned the property for twenty five years and appears to have leased it a large part of the time.

The erection of the Thomas Paine Monument in 1839 was followed by several attempts to preserve the cottage in which Paine had lived as an additional Memorial. One of the most ambitious of these was in 1850 when not only the cottage itself was purchased, but also a considerable part of the original farm. This project was later abandoned and the property sold. It was not until 1908 that the efforts to preserve the cottage were successful. In that year it became necessary either to remove the house to a new location or demolish it outright. The owner, Charles W. Seer, generously gifted it to the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association who in turn approved the purchase of the park in which the cottage now stands, which was a portion of the Paine farm. The cottage was removed to its present site, repaired, and outfitted as a museum and historical headquarters. It was dedicated on July 14, 1910, and formally opened to the public.

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A mention of our chap in a letter in today’s Guardian newspaper:- (A neutral posting; it’s just good to see his name in circulation.) • At the passing of the second amendment to the US constitution, Thomas Paine argued that on great issues of the day government should remain neutral, and thereby be ready to execute the will of the people. Where there is a contest of fundamental social values, only those with an immediate interest could legitimately state their position – government, of course, should have no material interest of its own that is independent of the citizenry. The free play of democracy, therefore, is best served without the intervention of the governing elite. Theresa May and Boris Johnson distorted that by insisting that Brexit was partisan, and that by projection government had a position opposed to other parties. This reverses Paine’s principle. Corbyn is right that neutrality is a mature position – certainly legitimate. Prof Saville Kushner Liverpool
Today is giving Tuesday. Won't you consider helping out a piece of New Rochelle history? They've had thousands in repairs recently and need more. Thanks for the support!
You guys should return some property of a former employee. Its the right thing to do.
Thomas Paine, "offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense". Paddle down 4 Crosswicks Creek Adopt a Creek.
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