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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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".

This group of historical interpreters are the best we've ever had the pleasure to perform at the Cottage. Give their new...
08/30/2019
Historical Interpreters | Early American Music and Arts

This group of historical interpreters are the best we've ever had the pleasure to perform at the Cottage. Give their new website a look.

Early American Music and Arts: we are dedicated historical interpreters who bring the past to the present through the power of music

Help save a valued piece of New Rochelle history, the Leland Castle. Please take a moment and read the press release bel...
08/22/2019

Help save a valued piece of New Rochelle history, the Leland Castle. Please take a moment and read the press release below on how you can help. Everyone's voice is important, everyone's voice is needed.

So many celebrations this year as we celebrate woman's right to vote!   https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-...
08/19/2019
Explore | Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote | Exhibitions at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress

So many celebrations this year as we celebrate woman's right to vote! https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/women-fight-for-the-vote/about-this-exhibition/?loclr=twloc

Did you know that Carrie Chapman Catt lived and died right here in New Rochelle, NY? Her home is located right across from the original location of Thomas Paine's Cottage. If you don't know who she is, she's worth googling.
New Rochelle's history rocks! !

FREE pilates mat class Friday morning. 10-10:30amCome to the Friday New Rochelle Farmers Market to try out a pilates mat...
08/15/2019

FREE pilates mat class Friday morning. 10-10:30am

Come to the Friday New Rochelle Farmers Market to try out a pilates mat class for FREE! Club Pilates is a new studio in New Rochelle and they will be introducing themselves and their fitness programs through this free activity on the lawn of the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, next to the farmers market. Pilates fans and newcomers are all welcome. Mats will be provided. See event post for full details.

RAIN OR SHINE TONIGHT
08/14/2019

RAIN OR SHINE TONIGHT

TONIGHT'S NETWORKING EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE ! ! See our event page for full details.

Have some fun with family, friends & neighbors this Thurs. Playland Park-Westchester County. Meet up at the Dragon Coast...
07/30/2019

Have some fun with family, friends & neighbors this Thurs. Playland Park-Westchester County. Meet up at the Dragon Coaster!
Coupons for the Paine Cottage & more at the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce table.

Don't forget - this Thurs. Aug 1st. -
NEW ROCHELLE PLAYLAND DAY
Come visit us this Thursday @the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce table for coupons and info about our city.
More info - https://playlandpark.org/event/new-rochelle-day/

A REALLY BIG WEEKEND for New Rochelle is coming! North Avenue closes Sat. morning July27th for the Mariano Rivera Parade...
07/22/2019
Marinas, Docks & Harbors | New Rochelle, NY

A REALLY BIG WEEKEND for New Rochelle is coming! North Avenue closes Sat. morning July27th for the Mariano Rivera Parade starting at City Hall @10am! Then follow the parade to Hudson Park Bandshell for a Rally! - (Remember, Thomas Paine was a Yankee!)

A little time off until the Lighted Boat Parade beginning around 8:30pm.

Just after sunset, boats begin at Hudson Park sundeck, parade westward along the shoreline, viewing along Hudson and Neptune Parks.

Interested boaters contact Captain Salvatore Gugliara at (914) 235-6930 or visit www.newrochelleny.com/marina.

Don't forget- Summer Concert Series @ Hudson Park - Friday, July 26th: TAJ WEEKES & ADOWA Dynamic reggae band. Food truck: Tecas Tacos

Finish your weekend off by visiting the Thomas Paine Cottage on Sunday. http://www.thomaspainecottage.org/calendar.html for available tours!

What can you say about Bill Mullen? History lover, strong deep roots in the New Rochelle community, past President of th...
06/18/2019

What can you say about Bill Mullen? History lover, strong deep roots in the New Rochelle community, past President of the New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society and current Board President of the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association. That just touches the surface of this kind, sweet man that loved everything New Rochelle and loved his friends & family even more.
We lost so much when Bill passed but he left us with fond memories of his endless New Ro stories, his smile, quick wit and friendship. We invite you to leave your memories of Bill to share. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal”. God bless you Bill.

Happy Father's Day!Did you know that Father’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1972! If it wasn’t for Sonora...
06/16/2019
The Man Who Inspired Father’s Day Was a Single Dad and a Civil War Vet

Happy Father's Day!
Did you know that Father’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1972!
If it wasn’t for Sonora Smart Dodd, daughter of William Jackson Smart a civil war veteran and father of 14 children, it may have never happened. Read her story here on how she was determined to honor her beloved father.https://www.history.com/news/man-who-inspired-fathers-day-civil-war-vet-single-dad

William Jackson Smart was a twice-married, twice-widowed father of 14 children.

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo
06/13/2019

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo
06/13/2019

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo

06/08/2019
06/08/2019
Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo
06/07/2019

Thomas Paine Cottage Museum's cover photo

A glorious weather forecast for our Grand Reopening Event tomorrow, Sat. June 8th.11amColonial Fair, Colonial Tavern, De...
06/07/2019

A glorious weather forecast for our Grand Reopening Event tomorrow, Sat. June 8th.11am
Colonial Fair, Colonial Tavern, Dedication of our Historic Marker and good ole BBQ!
All New Ro elementary students receive discount entry and all winners of the fishing derby enter for FREE!
See everyone at the Fair! ! ! !

All prize winners of the Fishing Derby, come show us your prize and enter the Colonial Fair for FREE! Good luck to every...
05/31/2019

All prize winners of the Fishing Derby, come show us your prize and enter the Colonial Fair for FREE! Good luck to everyone!

Join us at our annual Fishing Derby on June 8th from 9am - 12:30pm at the Twins Lakes - Huguenot Park!

The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum Reopens
05/24/2019
The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum Reopens

The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum Reopens

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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.
Dear Sir/Madam, I am a freelancer, researcher and social activist of Bangladesh. I visit your organizations' website and very much impress. I want to work with you. How can we work together? You know Bangladesh is a 3rd word country...& lets' we try to organized exhibition in the capital of the country, Dhaka? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Wishes Rezaul Amin