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Thomas Paine wrote one of the most important pamphlets in American history, when he penned "Common Sense" in support of America's independence from Great Britain. His final years were spent living in New Rochelle, in a cottage that was gifted to him by New York State in gratitude. Today the Thomas Paine Cottage, a National Landmark, is a historic house museum maintained and operated by the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association. The organization works to preserve and teach about the life of Thomas Paine, the Colonial Era, and the history of New Rochelle.

  • Thomas Paine Cottage
  • Thomas Paine Memorial
  • Sophia Brewster Schoolhouse
  • Building, Sky, Black, Tree
  • Water, Sky, Plant, Building

Author of the legendary pamphlet "Common Sense", Thomas Paine is regarded as one of the most outspoken founding fathers in America's war for independence from Great Britain. His house, which still stands today in New Rochelle, New York, is located on a 300 acre lot which was gifted to Paine by the state of New York. The Sophia Brewster Schoolhouse, one of the oldest free-standing schools in the city, was moved to the property in 1912.

The Thomas Paine Cottage is currently a historic house museum, operated by the Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association, and is open to the public. The different rooms of the house feature a wide variety of exhibits and displays, including a pot-bellied stove given to Paine by Ben Franklin. Many of the rooms are decorated to give visitors a glimpse into life during the 18th century and hold historical artifacts that also relate the history of New Rochelle as well.

Paine's cottage is the last home that the founding father owned in his life and today, it serves as a tribute to his work in America's fight for freedom. The Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association host tours and events in the Thomas Paine Cottage, the Sophia Brewster Schoolhouse and on the property grounds. The cottage is open three days a week (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) from 10 AM to 5 PM and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Nichols, Herbert B.. Historic New Rochelle. New Rochelle, NY. The Board of Education , 1938.

Seacord, Morgan H.. Historical Landmarks of New Rochelle. New Rochelle, NY. New Rochelle Trust Company, 1938.

Davis, Barbara. New Rochelle. Images of America. Charleston, South Carolina. Arcadia Publishing, 2009.

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