Cornish (N.H. : Town) (1763-)
The town was granted in 1763 and incorporated in 1765 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth and named for Sir Samuel Cornish, a distinguished admiral of the Royal Navy. Since the late 19th century, Cornish has been a well-known summer resort for artists and writers. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens began coming to Cornish in 1885, seeking a studio away from the summer heat of New York City. Artist friends followed him, including painter and illustrator Maxfield Parrish, who designed and built his estate, the Oaks, in the area. The surrounding area became the center of the popular Cornish Art Colony.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Cornish, New Hampshire(granted in 1763). The collection contains records of the town of Cornish, including legal, financial, and religious materials as well as correspondence of Benjamin Chapman.
Overview Records and meetings of the proprietors of Cornish, NH from 1765-1809. Includes a transcription copy of Governor Benning Wentworth's 1763 charter, a plat of the boundaries of Cornish as well as the original Proprietors names. Later entries focus on the laying out of roads, choosing from among the proprietors town officers, land division and church matters. The volume is bound in vellum covered boards and is likely a relict of a much earlier time as the laid paper is from Queen Elizabeth I paper...