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Thomas Paine Cottage
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Located on the site of Thomas Paine's farm, the Thomas Paine Cottage seen here is one of the many artifacts available at the Thomas Paine Cottage & Thomas Paine Museum sites. Thomas Paine, famous Colonial author of such works as "Common Sense" and "The Age of Reason" is memorialized at the Museum.

The cottage, originally located at the top of the hill on the south side of what is now Paine Avenue. The 300 acre farm, which included the house, farm and outbuildings was given to Paine by the State of New York in recognition of his services in the cause of independence in 1784. It was here that he spent the last years of his life watching his fame and influence dwindle. In 1908 a small parcel of the original farm was purchased and the cottage acquired and move to this site by the Huguenot Association of New Rochelle and dedicated as a museum and headquarters in 1910.

The historic complex includes the Cottage (owned and operated by the New Rochelle Historical Association), Thomas Paine Museum, (owned and operated by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association), 1830 one-room schoolhouse, Indian image stone, Huguenot memorial bridge, Revolutionary War memorial and a plaque commemorating Paine's death. The museum holds artifacts from the Siwanoy Indians, the Huguenots, New Rochelle's early history as well as many items from Thomas Paine's literary work. Some of the holdings of the museum that come from Thomas Paine are some of his original writings and manuscripts, many first editions as well as books, pamphlets and art works of Thomas Paine.

The Cottage has frequent and monthly historical "hands-on" activities, with special emphasis on the Revolutionary War and Colonial Days for children, scouts and school groups.

The small but interesting complex is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 5pm and Fridays from 2 to 5pm year round. Tours are available. If you are interested in the history and thinking of patriotic colonists that was swirling through society leading up to the break with Great Britain, Thomas Paine is probably the most important author and political writer of the time and this museum is an excellent location to discover him. The scale is small, intimate almost, and very accessible. The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable about their subject and extremely open to sharing with you what they know. Although it may be a little inconvenient to schedule yourself into the three hour times of operation, it is definitely worth the effort.

The cottage is located at 20 Secard Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, 914.633.1776. The Thomas Paine Museum, immediately adjacent to the cottage, is located at 983 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, 914.632.5376.

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