Sullivan County, New Hampshire
Genealogy History  

A brief History of the Cornish Colony

The Cornish Colony (1885-1935) was a group of artists, sculptors, writers, journalists, poets, and musicians who joined the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish and found the area a delightful place to live and work. Some prominent members were sculptor Herbert Adams, poet Percy MacKaye, architect Charles A. Platt, and artist Stephen Parrish and nearby is the studio of his son, Maxfield Parrish, now a museum.  

Located on NH 12-A, just north of the entrance to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. The Saint-Gaudens House & Studio was listed on the National Register in 1972. The Saint-Gaudens Memorial was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, was automatically listed on the National Register in 1966 when the Register was started, and is now a part of the National Park System as the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Other National Register properties associated with members of the Cornish Colony include the Mothers' and Daughters' Club House (listed in 1982) and the Plainfield Town Hall (listed in 1985), both in Plainfield.    

Welcome to Cornish: I am your new host, Wayne McElreavy.  My purpose is to help you in researching any of your ancestors who were a part of the history or heritage of the Cornish area.   
Cornish Cemeteries:  However, we may be of able to help you if you require any Cornish cemetery burial information.  In our possession are records from the area and you may be fortunate to have your ancestor listed. 
Wayne McElreavy

 Cornish Town Clerk:   Reigh Rock 
PO Box 183  Cornish Flat,NH 03746

Office Hours:    Monday, Thursday, and Friday - 9 AM to Noon
Monday & Thursday - 4 PM to 7 PM; Last Sat of Month - 9 AM to Noon 
Telephone-675-5207. Fax-675-5605.

Cornish Information:  Can be obtained at:
George H. Stowell Free Library  P.O. Box 360 - School Street - Cornish Flat, NH 03746      Librarian:  Emily Cromwell 
Operating Hours Monday-Friday, 4 PM - 6 PM;  Wed, 4-8PM; Sat 10AM-Noon. 

Telephone:  (603) 543-3644.

Cornish Board of Selectmen    P.O. Box 181 Cornish Flat, NH  03746


Cornish Resources and Lookup Volunteers
If  you have any information about Cornish or its early settlers and ancestors, and would be willing to share it with others. Please get in touch with me and we will list you are a lookup volunteer.    Wayne McElreavy

Cornish Links
If you know of a Cornish link that would be appropriate to add to this page,
please e-mail Wayne McElreavy

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